The Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, and St. Louis Cardinals were also checking in with Oakland about the 2021 Gold Glove catcher.
On Twitter, a Guardians fan expressed discontent and disappointment over the team being unable to pull off a trade for the top catcher, while also expressing how exciting it would have been to see Murphy in Cleveland threads.
— Bloomdaddy (@Bloomdaddyradio) December 13, 2022
Murphy Heads To Atlanta
In addition to the Murphy trade, the division rival Minnesota Twins signed Christian Vazquez to a three-year deal.
Ultimately, the Guardians came up just a bit short and still find themselves searching for a new catcher to replace Austin Hedges.
But the team’s catching options from outside the organization are dwindling.
While a reunion with Hedges is still possible, the Guardians may still choose to look elsewhere.
A trade for Kirk or Jansen remains a possibility for the Guardians.
Omar Narvaez is also still a free agent and could be a fit with in Cleveland.
With the team’s catching options dwindling, they’ll need to act fast if they want to add somebody from outside the organization.