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Washington Nationals trade Daniel Murphy to Cubs; Matt Adams dealt to Cardinals...

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It’s all happening. The Washington Nationals are apparently conceding that this season is a bust and they’re trading away assets...

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Around 2:15 this afternoon, with rain falling in the nation’s capital and not expected to stop any time soon, the Washington Nationals announced that GM Mike Rizzo would meet with reporters at 3:00 PM EDT.

That’s not the sort of things that gets set up if nothing is going to happen. And shortly after that announcement it all started happening...

Multiple sources are reporting a fire sale is in progress with the early reports saying Daniel Murphy (who is in the final year of a 3-year/$37.5M deal with the Nationals) has been dealt to the Cubs, and Matt Adams is likely going to be traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Both those deals are official now:

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the return on Murphy from the Cubs is a 21-year-old minor league infielder, Andruw Monasterio, who has a .263/.359/.336 line with 14 doubles, two triples, and three home runs in 109 games and 436 plate appearances at High-A Myrtle Beach this season. Monasterio is not currently listed in the Cubs’ Top 30 prospects on MLB Pipeline, but Murphy, who received a qualifying offer from the NY Mets before he signed in D.C., couldn’t be given another qualifying offer (because rules) so the Nationals got what they could in return rather than letting him walk for nothing if he left via free agency this winter.

According to a subsequent report from Heyman, the Nationals also received cash considerations or a PTBNL in the deal with the Cubbies.

Adams, according to a report by Heyman, is going back to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for cash considerations after he signed a 1-year/$4M deal with the Nationals this winter.

The Nationals held firm at the non-waiver deadline with Rizzo telling reporters that he still believed in the team, but three weeks later, with the team 7.5 games out in the NL East and 6.5 back in the race for the second Wild Card, they’ve apparently conceded the race for a postseason spot... or think they can do it what they have left...

Also there’s this, take it FWIW, though as you’ll see in the second tweet below, it looks like nothing will happen there:

More information when it’s available...