Signed forward Sean Murphy to a six-year contract extension

Atlanta Braves Tuesday announced That catcher, Sean Murphy, signed a six-year contract that guarantees him $73 million through the 2028 season. The contract includes a $15 million club option for 2019 with no buyout. If the additional year is implemented, it will push the total to $88 million.

The Braves recently acquired Murphy from the Oakland A’s in a three-team, nine-player blockbuster deal that also involved the Milwaukee Brewers. Murphy, 28, is one of the most versatile backstops in baseball thanks to an above-average bat and a good glove. Since 2020, he has averaged 14 home runs and compiled a .235/.326/.422 slash line (113 OPS+) while providing top-notch defense. According to Statcast, Murphy ranked in the 86th percentile in framing runs last season. Given how he set a new career high in exit velocity last season and ranked in the 94th percentile, it’s worth wondering if there’s some more offensive upside to unlock here. He was slated for free agency after the 2025 season, but this extension now pushes that to at least the 2028-29 season, when Murphy will be 34 years old.

Murphy became 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 — talents like Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Matt Olsen, Austin Riley, Spencer Strider and Michael Harris. Suffice it to say, that’s a young/young-ish core that’s the envy of every team in baseball. Murphy is part of that now and if he stays healthy, he’s set to be behind the plate in Atlanta for years to come.

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