Warriors sign new center Sean Murphy to $73M 6-year deal

Atlanta — The Atlanta Braves locked up another key player on a long-term contract by signing newly acquired catcher Sean Murphy to a six-year, $73 million deal on Tuesday.

The contract includes a club option worth $15 million through 2029, and no buyout would increase the total value of the agreement to $88 million.

Murphy will earn $4 million in 2023, $9 million in 2024 and $15 million per season from 2025 through 2028. He agreed to donate 1 percent of his annual salary to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.

The deal follows a familiar pattern Warriors agree to new contracts with players They remained under club control for a long time.Over the past year, they’ve teamed up with sluggers Austin Riley and Matt Olson and rookie stars Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider.

Atlanta had previously signed outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. and second baseman Ozzie Albies to similar contracts, securing a core seven players with contracts of at least Signing for three more seasons – often longer – clubs have the option to extend the deal.

Murphy, 28, was acquired from the Oakland Athletics The Milwaukee Brewers were also included in the three-team trade shortly after the winter meeting.

The Braves sent All-Star catcher William Contreras and minor league pitcher Justin Yeager to the Brewers, while backup catcher Manny Piña and rookies Kyle Muller, Freddy Tarnok and Royber Salinas went to Oakland.

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledged the heavy price paid, but said acquiring a top receiver was worth it.

“We did give up a lot,” Anthopoulos said at the time. “But we got a really good player. It’s hard to get a player like that.”

In 148 games last season, Murphy hit .250 with 18 home runs, 66 RBIs and a .759 OPS. He’s considered an elite defender, winning a Gold Glove in 2021.

Murphy is expected to share playing time with Travis d’Arnaud, a player of similar strength on offense and defense. Those two are also expected to get a lot of time at designated hitters, with the goal of keeping them as fresh as possible over the course of a long season.

Acquiring Murphy was the biggest move of the offseason for the five-time defending NL East champions, who also added to their bullpen depth by trading former All-Star backup Joe Jimenez.

But for the second year in a row, one of the franchise’s most popular and productive players left in free agency.

One year after first baseman Freddie Freeman signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Longtime Warriors shortstop Dansby Swanson agrees to seven-year, $177 million deal with Chicago Cubs.

Vaughn Grissom and Orlando Arcia are contenders to replace Swanson unless the Braves make a move to bring in another shortstop before the start of the season.

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