SAN FRANCISCO -- If you're a catcher who is on the edge of an MLB roster, find some orange cleats. There's a decent chance you'll be a Giant by the end of the week.
For the third consecutive day, the Giants made a roster move involving a catcher. This time they claimed former Rockies backstop Tom Murphy, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
The Giants later confirmed the transaction.
This comes two days after they released Rene Rivera, who looked headed for an Opening Day job, and one day after they traded for Erik Kratz, who was named the backup catcher by manager Bruce Bochy on Sunday evening.
It's unclear how it will all be sorted out by Thursday morning, although at this point there seems a very real possibility that Aramis Garcia is being shopped for outfield help.
Murphy, 27, has a .219/.271/.439 slash line in parts of four major league seasons with the Rockies. He had a .637 OPS last season with 44 strikeouts and just three walks in 96 plate appearances, which makes him the opposite of what the Giants have been looking for.
He would seem a good candidate to provide depth at Triple-A, except he's out of options, so the Giants would have to sneak him through waivers, something the Rockies weren't able to do. The Giants have had success, though, in doing that with other additions this offseason.