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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees’ John Ryan Murphy a Hot Commodity

June 18th, 2014 at 1:35 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Apparently, John Ryan Murphy of the New York Yankees is becoming somewhat of a hot commodity on the trade market this season.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yanks are receiving phone calls for the 23-year-old catcher:

Unfortunately, we don't have specifics on what teams are interested, but it's likely more will come to the surface as July approaches.

The interest in Murphy is understandable. After all, he is a young player who has shown promise in 2014 as the Yanks' reserve catcher while fellow reserve, Francisco Cervelli, has been on the 60-day disabled list with a strained hamstring.

In Cervelli's absence, Murphy has hit to a .286 average with one homer and eight RBI. Adding to his surprising offensive season, Murphy has proven to be a solid defensive catcher who can handle a pitching staff and has drawn rave reviews from coaches he's worked with.

Now that Cervelli is back and Murphy has been sent down to Triple-A, it would seem the youngster is expendable considering manager Joe Girardi is going with Cervelli as his backup and the team just signed Brian McCann to a five-year deal in the offseason to be the starter.

Not to mention, the Yanks can't make room for Murphy by dealing Cervelli because the Venezuelan has zero trade value thanks to a suspension courtesy of the Biogenesis scandal and a laundry list of injuries throughout his career.

Murphy's youth and promise are attractive traits for teams looking to bring in a backup catcher, or perhaps a team rebuilding and looking for its future starting backstop.

Either way, Murphy is drawing interest from teams around Major League Baseball and the Yanks may find him useful in the pursuit of a starting pitcher or two before the trade deadline passes. 

 

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