There will now be multiple Contreri facing the Cubs in the NL Central following a three-team trade that sent catcher Sean Murphy from Oakland to Atlanta. Jeff Passan was first with the news that Murphy was being dealt, then with confirmation that Milwaukee was involved. The Brewers will receive William Contreras from the Braves as part of the deal, while Oakland is getting catcher Manny Piña from the Braves.
The A’s also get lefty Kyle Muller from the Braves and utilityman Esteury Ruiz, who was part of the Josh Hader deal with the Padres, from the Brewers. Righty pitching prospect Freddy Tarnok goes from Atlanta to Oakland, righty Joel Payamps goes from Oakland to Milwaukee, and righty reliever Justin Yeager moves from Atlanta to Milwaukee.
That’s a lot of moving parts and I’m struggling to see how Atlanta was able to land Murphy for what doesn’t seem like that much of a haul. Well, I guess the A’s end up with Piña, Muller, Ruiz, and Tarnok. Yeesh.
The real key to all of this is that it doesn’t appear as though Atlanta had to part with shortstop prospect Vaughn Grissom, since that would have kept the door open for Dansby Swanson to return. If that happened and the Cubs truly aren’t willing to meet Carlos Correa‘s contract demands, the winter would have gotten really ugly. It still could of course, but at least there’s still room for hope.
As expected, Murphy will have to hire a moving company because he’s already got too much junk in the trunk to fit his gear in there as well.