Atlanta Braves Lock Up Another Star With Long-Term Deal

It's the Atlanta Braves Way. Bring in a new talent, sign him to a long-term deal. And as they usually are, it's a team-friendly contract. For newly-acquired catcher Sean Murphy, he's now locked up for six years. 

It's a $73M deal over those six years, with a 7th-year option at $15M. As noted by Braves beat writer David O'Brien, the deal buys out 3-4 of Murphy's free agent years, and his salary through the deal never tops $15M. 

The 28-year-old backstop is a Gold Glover (2021) and this past season had an OPS+ of 120 (20% better than league average) with 18 HR and 66 RBIs. Atlanta traded for the coveted catcher earlier this month from the Oakland A's.

The signing means the Braves will have an incredible group of young stars at nearly every spot in the lineup, for years and years to come. 

Bravo, once again, to Alex Anthopoulos. 

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