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Chicago White Sox And ‘Half-Dozen Other Teams’ Interested In A’s Sean Murphy

Nov 14, 2022, 9:54 AM
Adam Engel #15 of the Chicago White Sox scores ahead of the tag from Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland...
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Adam Engel #15 of the Chicago White Sox scores ahead of the tag from Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland Athletics in the top of the ninth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 09, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Oakland A’s Sean Murphy is drawing a lot of attention this offseason.

Bruce Irvin of 670 The Score in Chicago reported over the weekend that the Chicago White Sox are just one of many teams that have inquired about the Oakland catcher.

Murphy, 28, won a Gold Glove in 2021 and was a finalist for the honor in 2022. He has good power for a catcher, with 18 homers and a .759 OPS in 148 games this past season. The White Sox and a half-dozen other teams already inquired about trading for Murphy at the GM Meetings, sources said. He’s under team control through 2025.

At the league’s General Manager Meetings last week, A’s general manager David Forst said Murphy is a “popular topic” when he speaks with other club managers.

“Sean is a player that any organization would want behind the plate in the big leagues,” Forst said at the GM meetings.

Murphy had one of his best seasons in 2022. Along with being named a finalist for the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards, he hit career highs in home runs (18) and RBIs (66). The catcher may be expendable because of the depth at the position the A’s have, according to MLB.com.

Further down the organization are other promising catchers such as No. 1 prospect Tyler Soderstrom and No. 4 prospect Daniel Susac, Oakland’s first-round pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.

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