Murphy went 3-for-19 with three home runs during Grapefruit League action.
Along with Luke Maile and Andrew Susac, Murphy is vying for the backup role to starting catcher Jacob Stallings. While the non-roster invitee could provide some pop if he wins the job, he's posted a career 39:193 BB:K while slashing .219/.265/.357 in parts of seven major-league seasons. Maile may hold the inside track for the job, as he has a history with new GM Ben Cherington from their time in Toronto. Maile is also already on the 40-man roster. In any case, Murphy could start the 2020 campaign at Triple-A, with a real shot of seeing action in Pittsburgh sometime during the summer.
Murphy signed with the Pirates as a non-roster invitee Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Murphy fits best as a third catcher who only makes the roster in the event of an injury, as he owns a .219/.265/.357 slash line across parts of seven seasons, averaging less than 100 plate appearances per year. In 70 trips to the plate for the Diamondbacks and Braves last season, he hit a lopsided .175/.246/.413.
Murphy was non-tendered by the Braves on Monday.
Murphy appeared in 26 games during the 2019 season across stops with Arizona and Atlanta. He struggled to a .175 average to go with four home runs and seven RBI.
Murphy had his contract selected by the Braves on Tuesday.
Murphy was traded to Atlanta from the Diamondbacks at the end of July, and despite hitting just .170 with three RBI over 14 games at Triple-A Gwinnett, he'll have a chance to end the regular season in the majors. He'll take the place of Charlie Culberson, who was placed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
Murphy was sent from Arizona to Atlanta in exchange for cash considerations Wednesday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Murphy is currently at the Triple-A level with the Diamondbacks and will presumably remain there following the trade. The move is a classic August trade that now gets made on July 31 with the removal of the separate waiver trade deadline. Murphy has hit .177/.250/.419 this season and .219/.265/.357 over parts of seven major-league seasons. He'll be little more than injury insurance for the Braves.
Murphy cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Reno on Saturday.
Murphy was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week but will accept the assignment to Triple-A after going unclaimed on waivers. The 28-year-old slashed .177/.250/.419 with four home runs in 25 games before he was removed from the 40-man roster.
Murphy was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
The Diamondbacks had no need for Murphy as a third catcher after he recorded a .177/.250/.419 line in 25 games. His career slash line now sits at .219/.265/.357 in parts of seven seasons. Taylor Clarke was recalled from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.
Murphy went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to the Padres on Tuesday.
Murphy took advantage of his second start in three games by crushing a Matt Strahm offering to center field for his fourth homer of the season. Nonetheless, he is hitting only .180 on the season and figures to see limited playing time on days on which anyone other than Zack Greinke is the starting pitcher.
Murphy will start at catcher and bat eighth Monday against the Rays.
Murphy will make consecutive starts for just the second time all season. Much like the first scenario, Murphy will catch Zack Greinke and Merrill Kelly on back-to-back days, but the 27-year-old appears locked in as only Greinke's personal backstop at this point. Carson Kelly continues to see the majority of starts behind the plate, but hardly has a stranglehold on the top spot on the depth chart.
Murphy will start at catcher and bat eighth Thursday against the Pirates.
With a 1.040 OPS over a small sample of 30 plate appearances, Murphy has been the best fantasy option among the Diamondbacks' three catchers by a mile. That said, he still ranks second behind Carson Kelly in starts behind the dish this season, and Murphy's lack of polish as a defender should continue to keep him second on the depth chart. The lack of steady at-bats probably makes Murphy only worthy of consideration in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues that start two catchers.
Murphy went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Rangers.
After hitting a career-high nine homers in 87 games last year, Murphy's showing some early pop in 2019 with two homers in only four starts. The 27-year-old should be in line for a bump in playing time with Alex Avila (quad) on the IL, but for now Murphy's fantasy value is still limited to deeper two-catcher formats.
Murphy will catch for Zack Greinke on Tuesday against the Rangers, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Murphy caught Greinke's previous two starts and is looking like the ace's personal catcher, and then he got Sunday's start (with Merrill Kelly) after the Diamondbacks placed Alex Avila (quadriceps) on the 10-day injured list. Arizona will stick with two catchers for now, preferring instead to call up outfielder Tim Locastro from Triple-A Reno, which means more at-bats for Murphy and Carson Kelly.
Murphy went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in an 8-5 victory against the Padres on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old catcher belted his homer off the top of the giant brick wall in left field at Petco Park. Murphy displayed more power than usual last season, recording 18 extra-base hits, including nine home runs, in 208 at-bats. He had five homers in the first 351 at-bats of his career. Murphy is going to serve as Zack Greinke's personal catcher this season, but it's unclear how often Murphy will play when the other starters are on the mound.
Murphy, who is starting at catcher and hitting eighth Thursday against the Dodgers, will serve as Zack Greinke's personal catcher this season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
The Diamondbacks are carrying three catchers, so Murphy is not guaranteed more than one start per week, but at least we know he will always catch Greinke, at least early on.
Murphy will break camp with a spot on Arizona's Opening Day roster, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Manager Torey Lovullo flirted with carrying two catchers but made the decision Sunday to carry a third, so Murphy will open the season on the 25-man roster. He's expected to serve as the third catcher behind Carson Kelly and Alex Avila.
Murphy went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles Saturday against the Cubs.
The singles were the first two hits of the spring for Murphy, who is 2-for-16 (.125) over six games. He currently sits third on the depth chart and might be the player that loses a roster spot if the Diamondbacks keep just two catchers, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The addition of outfielder Adam Jones creates a roster decision that can be made easier by letting one of three catchers go. The Diamondbacks have used three catchers the last two seasons, a distribution of responsibilities they believed eased the burdens of the position. Murphy is out of options and would be exposed to waivers.
Murphy signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Diamondbacks on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Murphy played in 87 games for the Diamondbacks in 2018, slashing .202/.244/.375 with nine homers and 24 RBI in those appearances. With Carson Kelly slated to take over as the team's primary backstop, Murphy will be left to compete with Alex Avila for backup duties.
Murphy went 1-for-5 with a double and a walk in a 3-2 loss to the Padres in 15 innings Friday.
With the Diamondbacks now eliminated from playoff contention, manager Torey Lovullo has made a concerted effort to give Murphy more work. Murphy, who appeared to be the Diamondbacks' No. 1 catcher earlier in the season before falling behind veterans Jeff Mathis and Alex Avila on the depth chart, picked up his third start in four games Friday and was behind the plate for the entirety of the marathon loss. With nine home runs across 219 plate appearances this season, Murphy offers some power upside at the catcher spot, but a 32 percent strikeout rate has kept his batting average barely above the Mendoza Line (.206).
Murphy went 1-for-2 at the dish Tuesday in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 win over the Angels.
Murphy, who replaced starting catcher Jeff Mathis in the top of the seventh inning, had gone hitless over his previous 34 plate appearances before laying a bunt down the first-base line in the bottom of the ninth and legging out a base hit. After Murphy reached base, A.J. Pollock followed up with another bunt, which resulted in a throwing error by pitcher Cam Bedrosian that allowed the Diamondbacks to plate the game-winning run. Though he came up clutch Tuesday, Murphy's ugly second half makes him Arizona's clear No. 3 option behind the dish after Mathis and Alex Avila.
Murphy went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Padres.
Murphy hasn't recorded a hit since July 6, going 0-for-21 while appearing in nine of the Diamondbacks' last 18 games. With Jeff Mathis having established himself as the personal catcher for both Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin, Murphy has been forced to battle Alex Avila (and occasionally Mathis) for starting duties in the Diamondbacks' other contests. Murphy's extended slump coupled with Mathis' and Avila's defensive acumen has seemingly resulted in the 27-year-old plummeting to third on the depth chart.
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