Saturday, August 11th at 3:05 pm. A beautiful day to be at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester was on the bump in front of a sellout crowd ready to watch the Cubs take on the Nationals. Come to 4th inning, its 9-1 in favor of the Nationals and who is right in the mix of it? Daniel Murphy. Now the Cub Killer has joined the team. Funny how that works right?
After the Nationals placed Daniel Murphy, Matt Adams, who is on his way to the Cardinals, Bryce Harper and others on revocable waivers on Friday, no one really thought anything about it. A team can claim a player and both teams have 48 hours to work out a trade or can take the player back immediately. This is a common trend in the MLB in August and usually does not result in a fire sale like the Nationals did Tuesday afternoon.
Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday that the Nationals were considering doing some deals. And just minutes later all the dominoes began to fall. Craig Mish of Sirius XM first reported that the Cubs have claimed Daniel Murphy and are working out a deal. Things fell into place quickly and Cubs struck a deal for one of their enemies.
The rich get richer. The Cubs have added another stud bat in Murphy and gives them plenty of lineup options down the stretch. The three time All-Star is a .413 lifetime hitter at Wrigley in 28 regular season games. In addition, this acquisition comes at the perfect time with Addison Russell batting a sore hand, Kris Bryant still on the DL, and the offense being in a drought. Murphy will see plenty of playing time and is another option off the bench come playoff time.
Since July 1st, Murphy is slashing .336/.379/.514/.893. Impressive stuff. The Cubs are always on the lookout to upgrade their team at any point in the season. This could turn out to be one of the biggest trades of the season.