Cubs acquire Daniel Murphy in waiver trade from Nationals

Washington Nationals Daniel Murphy bats during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Sunday Aug. 19 2018 in Washington

Washington Nationals Daniel Murphy bats during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Sunday Aug. 19 2018 in Washington

Accepting that the turnaround they kept waiting for isn't going to happen, the back-to-back NL East champs began their fire sale Tuesday by trading away Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams.

The Nationals reportedly put a number of players up for waivers on Friday, with some of them getting claimed Sunday night.

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Murphy, 33, has only featured in 56 games this season due to injury, but he's now slashing.300/.341/.442 with six home runs, 29 RBIs and 17 runs scored. He played with the Cardinals from 2012 to May 2017 before being traded to the Atlanta Braves.

Murphy, slowed by injuries this season, batted.529 with four home runs and six RBIs against the Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series and is a lifetime.325 hitter with nine home runs and 22 RBIs against the Cubs. He went on the disabled list July 31 for a right shoulder strain and missed 19 games. Infielder Patrick Wisdom was optioned to Memphis (AAA) following Monday night's game.

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Adams is in transit and is expected to join up with the Cardinals organization in the upcoming days.

Fowler, 32, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left foot fracture after fouling a ball off his foot on August 3 in a game at Pittsburgh.

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