The Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins have pulled off a minor league trade, sending catcher John Ryan Murphy to the desert, and LHP Gabriel Moya to Minnesota.
The D-backs biggest need is a catcher. Murphy can be a backup catcher if Chris Iannetta or Jeff Mathis go to the DL. He has some MLB experience, and was the Twins backup last year. His career went downhill after being traded to the Twins for Aaron Hicks. Murphy will report to Reno (AAA).
Murphy, 26, hasn\’t played in the MLB this year. He has a .222 batting average, four homers and 27 RBIs in 218 Plate Appearances for Rochester (AAA) this year. In his four year MLB career for the Twins and New York Yankees, Murphy has a .238 batting average, five homers and 27 RBIs in 374 Plate Appearances.
For the Twins, they get rid of Murphy who was practically useless, and get a prospects in Moya, who was the D-Backs 25th best prospect. Moya is an amazing year at AA, where he will report to, so that\’s a positive for them.
Moya, 22, has a 0.82 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 17 saves and 68 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. In his minor league career, Moya has a 2.68 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 28 saves and 317 strikeouts in 248.1 innings.
I think the Twins win this trade. They get a prospect who has been lights out at a level not too far from the MLB. For a guy struggling at AAA. Murphy is a 3rd catcher at best, and the Twins got too much for him.