Despite a surprising 92-win season in 2022, the Cleveland Guardians didn’t get much out of the catcher position. Semi-regular starter Austin Hedges hit a mere .163 with a .489 OPS. Backup Luke Maile didn’t do much better with a .221/.627 split.

Enter into the equation Oakland Athletics Gold Glove winner Sean Murphy, who could reportedly be had at the right price this offseason.

Murphy, 28, was the subject of rumors leading up to the in-season MLB trade deadline. The rebuilding A’s have former top prospect Shea Langeliers ready to take over at catcher. They are also still in cost-cutting mode after blowing up their roster ahead of the 2022 season.

As for Murphy, he’s a top-end option for catcher-needy teams for multiple reasons. Outside of his brilliant defense, we’re talking about someone with the capability of hitting 20 homers in a season. The 2021 Gold Glove winner is also under team control through the 2025 season, making him an attractive option for a mid-tier market team such as the Cleveland Guardians. It’s in this that they have reportedly been among the “most-active” suitors for Murphy this fall.

With all of that said, Oakland is not going to sell low on Murphy.