Sean Murphy trade rumors: 3 potential landing spots for Oakland A’s catcher

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 9: Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the Houston Astros at RingCentral Coliseum on July 9, 2022 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Astros 3-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 9: Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the Houston Astros at RingCentral Coliseum on July 9, 2022 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Astros 3-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins are another team that needs to find a long term solution behind the plate.

Gary Sanchez may theoretically be a catcher, but his defensive issues have made him the Twins primary designated hitter this year. Sanchez is also a free agent after the season, and may cost more than the Twins want to spend to bring him back. Ryan Jeffers, the starting catcher, has not hit since the 2020 season, but is a strong defensive backstop.

The Twins also do not have much in the system behind the plate. None of their top 30 prospects per MLB.com are catchers. While they do have some intriguing options in the lower minors, it could take years before they can make an impact at the major league level.

Sean Murphy could solve all of those problems. He has the defense that Jeffers provides with more potential with the bat. He would also be that long term answer, slotting behind the plate for the next three seasons while those intriguing prospects have time to develop. As the Twins are looking to each the postseason, and actually win a game this time, they need all the help they can get.

The Minnesota Twins need to find a long term answer behind the plate. It is time to pick up the phone and call the Oakland A’s.

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