With potential Red Sox target expected to be settled, should Boston move?
There is sure to be a lot of movement in Major League Baseball over the next week.
The Winter Meetings usually bring a flurry of signings and trades, and this year’s event began on Sunday. While nothing too wild happened early Sunday, there was some huge talk by the league and it seems we are ready an exciting one few days.
One player the Boston Red Sox have been linked to so far this offseason has been Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy. Boston currently only has one interesting prospect in Connor Wong and Reese McGuire on the roster. Wong and McGuire combined to play just 63 games for the Red Sox in 2023 and the need could use an upgrade.
Murphy is 27 years old and has shown that he can bring a lot to a team from the back. Murphy won the 2021 American League Gold Glove Award for catchers and took a step forward offensively in 2022, finishing the season with 18 home runs and 66 RBI while slashing .250/.332/.426.
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Rumors have swirled around Murphy since before the end of the 2022 season and he would be the perfect addition if the Red Sox were to complete a deal. Mark Feinsand, MLB reporter reported Sunday night that Murphy would likely be dealt and mentioned the Red Sox as a team that has shown interest.
A deal for Murphy would likely cost the Red Sox one of their top prospects due to the fact that he is under team control through 2025 and will just do $3.5 million by 2023.
Murphy may not be the biggest name on the market, but he is a strong and consistent defender with a bat. While the Red Sox would have to dip into the farm system, Murphy would immediately improve the team while giving them even more financial flexibility to spend elsewhere.
It sure looks like a deal is coming, and it would be good for Red Sox Nation if he came to Boston.
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