LOS ANGELES -- In what has to be the earliest player to be named later in recent memory, the Dodgers have already completed their morning trade of Darwin Barney to the Blue Jays, acquiring minor league catcher Jack Murphy from Toronto.
Murphy, 27, hit .220/.309/.315 in 85 games for Double-A New Hampshire, with 15 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 37 walks. He reached Triple-A in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and in seven minor league seasons has hit .228/.310/.361.
Toronto drafted Murphy in the 31st round in 2009, and invited him to spring training as a non-roster invitee in both 2014 and 2015. He has never been on a 40-man roster.
The 6'4, 235-pound switch-hitter attended Princeton, and in each of the last three offseasons has played with the Canberra Cavalry in the Australian Baseball League. Murphy was named an ABL All-Star in all three years, and in 2014 won the ABL Choice Award, given to the league's most popular player.
All but two of his minor league games on defense have been at catcher, with four innings at first base in 2011 and three innings at first base in 2012.
Murphy has thrown out 31 percent of base stealers in his minor league career, including 33 percent in 2015, nailing 30 of a whopping 90 attempts in 76 games behind the plate, including 73 starts.
Both Murphy and the Blue Jays scout who originally signed him weighed in on the deal on Twitter:
Proud to have signed @JackMurphy219 and all his contributions to the Blue Jays. He will be a great credit to the Dodgers organization.— Tom Burns (@mcdcoach) September 14, 2015