Third-time charm? Murphy Lands in Seattle, Expected to Start Saturday

Tracy Ringolsby

Tom Murphy was on the move in the last week. It appears, however, he has finally found a big-league home in Seattle.

The Mariners acquired the former Rockies catching prospect from the Giants on Friday in exchange for minor-league pitcher Jesus Ozoria. And the plan was for Murphy to immediately be inserted into a platoon with left-handed-hitting catcher Omar Narvaez.

Murphy is expected to make his Mariners debut on Saturday night, catching Mike Leake's start against the Boston Red Sox.

“This last week or so has been a whirlwind,” he said. “But it feels like I’m at home here already, so it’s nice.”

After deciding to stay with last year's catching duo of Tony Wolters and Chris Iannetta, the Rockies put Murphy on outright waivers last weekend. Murphy, who is out of minor-league options, was claimed by the Giants on Monday. When the Giants formalized their 25-man roster, however, Murphy again was the odd-man out, and the Giants designated Murphy for assignment, which gave them 10 days to trade Murphy, release him or place him on outright waivers.

The Mariners had interest, and the two teams worked out the trade, involving Ozoria, who pitched the last two summers in the Dominican Summer League.

Murphy didn't hesitate getting to Seattle, and spent Friday night getting to know Leake in advance of the Saturday matchup.

Murphy, who turns 28 next week, played parts of the past four seasons for the Rockies.

“I spent a few days in limbo (with the Rockies),” he said. “Then I spent a few days in San Fran just kind of being there and not really knowing what was going on and then back again to limbo. And here I am today.”

Murphy was the Rockies third-round draft choice in 2012, and spent time in the big leagues with the team each of the last four years, appearing in a total of 81 games.


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