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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