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Braves sign catcher Sean Murphy to six-year, $73 million contract extension

Atlanta Braves Tuesday announced That catcher Sean Murphy has signed a six-year contract extension that guarantees him $73 million by the 2028 season. increase. If that extra year were exercised, the total would push him up to $88 million.

The Braves recently acquired Murphy from the Oakland A’s as part of a 3-team, 9-player blockbuster that also includes the Milwaukee Brewers. The 28-year-old Murphy is one of baseball’s all-around backstops thanks to his above-average stick and excellent grabs. Since 2020, he’s amassed a .235/.326/.422 slash line (113 OPS+), averaging 14 home runs and providing top-notch defense. So, according to Statcast data, Murphy ranked him in the 86th percentile in the framing run last season.

Considering he ranked in the 94th percentile last season and set a new career-high maximum exit speed, it’s worth wondering if there’s an additional offensive advantage to unlock here as well. there is. He was due to become free agency after the 2025 season, but this extension will delay it until at least the 2028-29 offseason, when Murphy will be 34 years old.

Murphy becomes the latest player to make a long-term commitment to the Braves. In addition to Murphy, Atlanta is locked up through at least the 2026 season — assuming team options are exercised — with talent like Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Matt Olson, Austin Riley, Spencer Strider and Michael Harris. . It’s a young/young-like core that’s the envy of just about every team in baseball. It’s going to be a fixture on the back.