The Atlanta Braves announced on Tuesday night that they have signed star catcher Sean Murphy to a six-year, $73 million contract. Murphy, now 28 years old, is locked into Atlanta through the 2028 season. The deal contains a club option for $15 million in 2029 that can be exercised without paying any additional money.
The Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics completed a nine-player transaction earlier this month, which included the acquisition of Murphy. One of the most talked-about players available for trade before Atlanta made it happen two weeks ago, he hit.250/.332/.426 with 18 home runs and Gold Glove-caliber defense for Oakland last season.
This upcoming season would have been Murphy’s first time entering arbitration, and he still had three more years until he would have been eligible for the free agency had he not signed the new contract. Now, he will get $4 million in 2023, $9 million in 2024, and $15 million from 2025 through 2028. To further support the Atlanta Braves Foundation, he pledged to provide one percent of his annual income.
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The contract is consistent with the Braves’ practice of extending the contracts of players still under the team’s control for multiple years. They have signed promising young players like Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider to long-term contracts, and veteran sluggers Austin Riley and Matt Olson have also signed extensions with the team.
At this point, seven of Atlanta’s primary players are locked up for at least the next three seasons, and sometimes for much longer thanks to club options. Previously, the Braves had signed outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and second baseman Ozzie Albies to similar pacts.