The Atlanta Braves have signed standout catcher Sean Murphy to a six-year, $73 million deal, the team announced Tuesday night.
The deal ties Murphy, 28, to Atlanta through the 2028 season. It includes a $15 million no-buyout club option for 2029.
Murphy was acquired earlier this month in a three-way trade with the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers that saw a total of nine players switch teams.
Hitting .250/.332/.426 with 18 homers and playing a Gold Glove-caliber defense for Oakland last season, he was one of the brand’s hottest names before Atlanta finalized the deal two weeks ago.
Prior to signing the new contract, Murphy was set to reach arbitration for the first time this season and still had three years before reaching free agency. He will now make $4 million in 2023, $9 million in 2024 and $15 million annually from 2025 to 2028. He also agreed to donate 1% of his annual salary to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.
The deal follows a familiar pattern of the Braves agreeing new contracts with players who remain under the club’s control for an extended period of time. Over the past year, they have signed long-term deals with thugs Austin Riley and Matt Olson, as well as rookie stars Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider.
Atlanta previously signed outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and second baseman Ozzie Albies to similar deals to ensure seven core players are signed for at least three more seasons – and often much longer – with club options extending the deals even further could .
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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