MLB announced yesterday a new signing by the Giants, free agent veteran catcher Tom Murphy who last played for the Mariners. Murphy is a right-handed hitting catcher who has had trouble with injuries in recent seasons. The two-year deal is worth $8 million total but the new contract deal also includes a $4 million club option for 2026 ($250,000 buyout), guaranteeing him at least $8.25 million total.
This acquisition will have a major ripple effect on the roster. For starters it makes Blake Sable very much expendable. If he cannot make the roster as an outfielder with a crowded competition then he will likely be sent to Sacramento. It also means Joey Bart’s future as a Giant is in doubt. He no longer has Minor League options so if he does not make the 26-man roster he is gone. I expect the Giants will package him in a trade.
Murphy hit .290 with an .873 OPS and 8 home runs over 47 games with Seattle in 2023. He missed the final six weeks of the year due to a thumb injury.
Murphy was a third-round Draft pick of the Rockies in 2012 and has a .769 career OPS over eight seasons with Colorado and Seattle, including an .842 OPS against left-handers.