ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves acquired catcher Sean Murphy from the Oakland Athletics as part of a three-team deal Monday that sent catcher William Contreras to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Oakland held catcher Manny Pina, as well as pitching prospects Kyle Mueller, Freddy Tarnock and Rober Salinas from Atlanta, and outfield prospect Esturi Ruiz from Milwaukee. The Brewers held the rights to Joel Byamps and Justin Yeager.
Murphy, 28, led all catchers in the American League in hits (114), doubles (28), and extra-base hits (46) last season. 759 OPS in 148 games. He won the Gold Glove in 2021.
Contreras, who turns 25 on Dec. 24, was named the designated hitter for the National League All-Star Game in 2022. He had 20 homers, 45 RBIs and an .860 OPS. A designated hitter and one in left field.
The Brewers improved their bullpen with Byamps, who went 3-6 with a 3.23 ERA in 41 games with the Kansas City Royals and A’s last season. Yeager spent 2022 in the Braves organization.
Oakland added plenty of prospects to the deal, as did Pina, 35, who made five appearances for the Braves in 2022 before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery.
In other moves, the Athletics designated Puerto Rican infielder Vimel Machin by assignment.