The Chicago Cubs have acquired infielder Daniel Murphy from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, The Athletic’s Robert Murray first reported. The Cubs won the waiver claim on Murphyin advance of making today’s trade, and in exchange for Murphy, the Nationals received infield prospect Andruw Monasterio alongside a player to be named later or cash.
For Washington, the trade of Murphy is the symbolic white flag for their season. After standing pat at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Nationals were unable to make up any ground in the division or Wild Card races. In August, the team is 9-10, as they currently sit 7 1⁄2 games behind the NL East-leading Braves and 6 1⁄2 games behind the Rockies, Phillies and Cardinals, who are currently in a three-way tie for the second Wild Card. It was time to call the figurative punt on the season for the team.
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