Murphy off to Chi-Town, Adams back to St. Louis, Harper is staying…
Well, besides the fact that the rest of the season was pretty much already in the toilet, let’s look at these moves a little closer.
Daniel Murphy to Chicago Cubs
What the Cubs Get:
-A guy who missed a lot of the season due to injury, but is batting .340 since the All-Star Break with six bombs and 29 RBI.
-A chance to move a struggling Addison Russell out of the lineup
-A guy who hits .413 at Wrigley
What the Nats Get:
-21-year-old Andruw Monasterio.
-He is hitting .263/.359/.336 with three bombs and ten steals for High-A Myrtle Beach
-Cash, and a PTBNL
-Shedding some of that Murph salary
-A chance for Wilmer Difo to have the starting 2nd baseman job for the rest of this season, and battle with Howie Kendrick for the spot next year.
Look, the fans are always going to want more, especially for a guy like Murph. Rizzo’s intentions seem to be to start shedding as much salary as possible (probably in preparation for a monster Bryce deal)
Matt Adams to the Cardinals
What the Cardinals Get:
-A chance to bring back an old friend
-a lefty power bat off the bench they were searching for (St. Louis currently is 17th in baseball against right-handers by wRC+
What the Nationals Get:
I loved the Matt Adams pickup when the Nats originally signed him. The guy did pretty well this season, and having a power bat like that in the lineup is lethal when Zim was struggling.
Not sure what Rizzo’s plans will be the first base position moving forward. Do they stick with Zim? Do they move Bryce over there to free up the outfield a bit?
Still a TON of questions remain, but for now we can thank Murphy and Matt for some fun moments, let the weirdest Washington Nationals season yet continue…