Nationals begin fire sale: Daniel Murphy to Cubs, Matt Adams to Cardinals

August 21, 2018 GMT

The Washington Nationals are ready to tear it down.

Seven-and-a-half games out of first place in the National League East, the Nationals are reportedly finalizing deals to trade second baseman Daniel Murphy and first baseman Matt Adams to the Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals, respectively.

MLB’s trade deadline was July 31, but teams can work out trades for players until Aug. 31 once they are placed on waivers.

Sources: Cubs and Nationals are believed to be close to a deal for Daniel Murphy. Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 21, 2018


Sources: Daniel Murphy to the Cubs is being finalized. @CraigMish was on it. Between that deal and Matt Adams going to St. Louis, the teardown of the 62-63 Nationals is in full bloom. Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 21, 2018

The Cubs claimed Murphy off waivers, while the Cardinals claimed Adams.

sources: nats get infielder Andruw Monasterio and cash or ptbnl for Murphy Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 21, 2018

source: Adams goes to cards for cash considerations Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 21, 2018

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo will address the media at 3 p.m.

Bryce Harper is reportedly staying put.

sources: waivers have expired on Bryce harper. he is staying with nats. Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 21, 2018