Murphy was traded to the Twins on Tuesday in exchange for Aaron Hicks. The Twins may have just landed their starting catcher for 2016, but it came at a steep price, as Hicks was just starting to tap into his massive potential. Kurt Suzuki is still under contract, but after he got on base at just a .296 clip last year Murphy probably represents an overall upgrade. Murphy's splits are pretty even in terms of batting average and OBP, although he has hit for much more power against southpaws. In just 172 plate appearances Murphy slashed .277/.327/.406 with three homers, and could represent a Francisco Cervelli-esque bargain on draft day in 2016.
Yankees catcher John Ryan Murphy took grounders at first base Tuesday, the New York Post reports. With rookie Greg Bird struggling against left-handed pitching and Mark Teixeira out for the season, the Yankees are looking for a right-handed option to potentially see some starts at first base. If the team feels comfortable enough with his defensive abilities, Murphy could draw a start there either in the final week of the regular season or in the playoffs.
Yankees catcher Brian McCann isn't in the starting lineup on Saturday. John Ryan Murphy replaces McCann behing the plate. Murphy has 27 starts this year, to McCann's 76, but the two catchers have split the last 10 starts.
Catcher John Ryan Murphy isn't known for his power, but his first MLB home run came at an opportune time, blasting a three-run homer in the ninth inning as the Yankees rallied for a 8-5 win over the Twins. Murphy was making just his second start in the last two weeks, but delivered in the ninth, taking Twins closer Glen Perkins deep to right-center for the game-winner. Murphy is hitting .271 on the season with eight RBIs.
Yankees catcher Brian McCann isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Minnesota. McCann has started 72 games, including seven of the last eight. John Ryan Murphy replaces McCann, getting the start behind the plate for the 24th time.