The Cardinals acquire their new catcher, Sean Murphy
John Mozeliak has remained firm in his stance that adding a starting catcher is the team’s number one priority, and the rest of their off-season really hinges on what they do at that position. There are some interesting pieces of information that seem to point to Sean Murphy as their main target.
First, Ken Rosenthal has reported that the trade market seems to be the way the Cardinals will address the catcher position. Derrick Goold is reporting that they will meet with Willson Contreras and Christian Vazquez’s representatives this week, but they will also continue their talks with the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays as well
The Cardinals are not locked into any one type of catcher – but they still value defense behind the plate and are also looking to add an impact bat somewhere in their lineup. Why not get both in the form of Sean Murphy?
Here I broke down just how great of an addition Murphy would be to this Cardinals team, and why I think he’s worth the high asking price the Athletics have. Now, if a bidding war ensues and that price rises significantly, than this may not be worth it for the Cardinals. But right now, I do believe he is worth multiple valuable pieces due to being one of the best catchers in baseball.
Even if the Cardinals do not grab Murphy or another catcher this week, I do think it becomes very clear who they will be bringing in by the end of the meetings.