The Washington Nationals, who didn’t move any of their veterans before the trade deadline, have called it a season. At seven and a half games back in the NL East and six and a half back in the Wild Card race they’ve decided to start moving some of those vets.
They traded Daniel Murphy to the Cubs and Matt Adams to the Cardinals, via The Washington Post:
The Nationals placed Murphy and Adams, as well as several other well-paid veterans, on waivers Friday.
A team, now known to be the Cubs, claimed Murphy Sunday, meaning the Nationals had 48 hours to work out a deal that is now pending a physical. They will save around $4 million in the deal. Infielder prospect Andrew Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations are the return for Washington.
Adams, 29, who played for St. Louis between 2012 and 2017, is heading back to the Cardinals.
The Nationals finally realized they weren’t going to do anything this season.
Better late than never. Although they might have gotten some better offers had they decided to sell before the deadline.
Murphy spoke to the media about hitting the lottery and getting a shot at World Series.
Our resident Cubs expert and Host of the SportsGossip.com’s Podcast, Kevin Friedman, has his own take on the Cubs making a trade for Murphy.