ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Reports: Diamondbacks interested in catchers Sean Murphy, Christian Vázquez

Dec 6, 2022, 8:26 PM | Updated: 8:55 pm

Catcher Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland Athletics throws out Oscar Gonzalez #39 of the Cleveland Gua...

Catcher Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland Athletics throws out Oscar Gonzalez #39 of the Cleveland Guardians at first base during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on June 10, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly in the market for a catcher.

AZCentral’s Nick Piecoro reports that the D-backs, along with eight other teams, are interested in Oakland Athletic’s catcher Sean Murphy.

Meanwhile, The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham is reporting that there is a “very active” market for free agent catcher Christian Vázquez, of which include the Diamondbacks.

Murphy, 28, slashed .250/.332/.426 last season and the A’s still have three seasons of club control remaining over him.

Therefore, the only way Arizona could acquire Murphy is via a trade, which general manager Mike Hazen has said he is willing to part ways with one of the team’s young outfielders.

Vázquez spent this past season winning the World Series with the Houston Astros.

The 32-year-old had spent his entire career with the Boston Red Sox (2014, 2016-22) until being traded just before the deadline on Aug. 1.

Abraham adds that the catcher going back to the Astros is unlikely, as Vázquez wants a starting role and a 3-4 year deal.

What makes the D-backs’ interest in another catcher compelling is the fact that 28-year-old Carson Kelly has been the team’s starter when healthy.

He has been Arizona’s everyday catcher since coming over in the Paul Goldschmidt trade ahead of the 2019 campaign.

However, Kelly only slashed .211/.282/.334 this past season after struggling at the plate to start the year before a left oblique strain kept him out from May 8 to June 11.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks...

Alex Weiner

What was Step 1 for the Diamondbacks’ newest farm director?

The D-backs had a significant leadership change in player development this winter, replacing Josh Barfield with Shaun Larkin as farm director.

18 hours ago

Elvis Andrus...

Alex Weiner

15-year vet Elvis Andrus joins Diamondbacks’ backup shortstop race

The Diamondbacks signed 15-year MLB veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training.

1 day ago

Slade Cecconi...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Slade Cecconi working to establish changeup amid 5th starter battle

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Slade Cecconi went into his latest spring training start with a clear objective to focus on his changeup.

2 days ago

Matt Chapman making a play...

Associated Press

Diamondbacks’ NL West foe Giants reportedly sign 3B Matt Chapman

The San Francisco Giants reportedly signed four-time Gold Glove winner Matt Chapman to a three-year contract.

2 days ago

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker suffers hand contusion on hit-by-pitch: ‘We dodged a bullet’

Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker "dodged a bullet" with no broken bones after getting hit by a pitch in spring training. 

3 days ago

Presented By...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Who would you rather? (Arizona Sports version)

Burns & Gambo play a game of 'Who would you rather?' after the photo of Kyler Murray, Corbin Carroll and Devin Booker was shared from Boardroom's Instagram.

4 days ago

Reports: Diamondbacks interested in catchers Sean Murphy, Christian Vázquez