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Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has indicated the trade market will likely be the best route to improve his club this offseason. And as MLB's hot stove warms up, the White Sox have asked about Oakland A's catcher Sean Murphy, according to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score.

Murphy was one of the few bright spots for a rebuilding A's team in 2022. He slashed .250/.332/.426 with 18 home runs and 66 RBIs, good for a 122 wRC+. The 28-year-old, right-handed-hitting backstop is under club control through 2025 but will more than likely be on his way out of the Bay this offseason, per Levine.

Yes, the White Sox had a righty-dominant lineup in 2022 and will need more balance moving forward. But they also may need help behind the plate after Yasmani Grandal struggled mightily with injuries and underperformance this past season. After the Sox dealt Reese McGuire at the trade deadline, Seby Zavala filled in as a stopgap option.

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Sean Murphy represents more of an everyday option behind the dish, which is surely part of what makes him appealing to the Chicago White Sox. However, the South Siders will have some competition if they want to acquire his services. Levine notes that six other teams have also inquired about Murphy.

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