Theo Epstein strikes again as the Chicago Cubs have worked out a trade for veteran second baseman Daniel Murphy acquiring him from the Washington Nationals after claiming him on revocable waivers. The veteran Murphy is in the final year of his current deal and will be owed about $4M in salary for the duration of the season and brings with him a postseason pedigree the Cubs are seeking.
The Nats have thrown in the towel on their abysmal season and are now moving money and contracts off the books as they look forward to the future. First baseman Matt Adams was re-acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals today as well after being claimed and infield prospect Andruw Monasterio is going back to D.C. along with a player to be named later or future cash considerations for the veteran second baseman.
After missing a chunk of time at the beginning of the season and a slow start, Murphy’s bat has heated back up and he’s slashing a very respectable .300/.341/.442 with 6 homers and 29 RBI’s in 56 games played. His clutch factor will be one Joe Maddon will love in the middle of his lineup come October and allows him the ability to continue playing the matchups with Ben Zobrist, David Bote and Ian Happ all able to shift around the infield and the outfield with relative ease.
The Cubs lineup is already a deep and imposing one, and it just got even better with Daniel Murphy who hit over .320 in each of the last two seasons with 20+ homers and driving in 104 & 93 runs respectively. Murph is also a career .413/.440/.702 with 7 HR & 14 RBI in 28 career games at Wrigley Field. In 24 career postseason games Murphy is slashing .323/.407/.613 with 8 HR’s & 19 RBI’s to go with an exceptional 1.020 OPS. Daniel Murphy is a Cub, and Theo Epstein has once again put his team in position to capitalize come October.
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