Red Sox reportedly discussed trade for A’s catcher Sean Murphy before the deadline


One week later, information is still trickling out about the Red Sox’ unusual trade deadline.

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier recently penned a story detailing the internal confusion surrounding how chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom approached the deadline, selling off Christian Vazquez and acquiring first baseman Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham. The Red Sox straddled the line between “buyer” and “seller,” prompting confusion within the organization, Speier reports.

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But the perception of the Red Sox’ strategy would probably be different if they were able to pull off a trade for A’s catcher Sean Murphy, who’s under club control through 2025. Speier reports the Red Sox and A’s talked about putting a deal together, but couldn’t reach an agreement.

Instead, the Red Sox acquired catcher Reese McGuire, who was arrested two years ago for masturbating in his car.

"The club did discuss dealing prospects for players who would be under team control for the longer haul — A’s catcher Sean Murphy represented one such target — but couldn’t find a match,” Speier writes.

Trading Vazquez sent apparent shockwaves throughout the clubhouse, as he was allowed to take batting practice moments before the deal was finalized. Vazquez, 32, will be a free agent at the end of the season.

While losing Vazquez would’ve hurt regardless, at least Murphy, who won a Gold Glove last season, would represent a long-term plan at the position. He’s slashing .248/.323/.435 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI this season.

But alas, the Red Sox couldn’t close the deal, and are now relying on Kevin Plawecki as their everyday backstop.

It’s hard to explain how they got better there.