MLB trade rumors: Nationals sending Daniel Murphy to Cubs, Matt Adams to Cardinals

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Daniel Murphy (Getty Images)

The Nationals are set to unload a pair of veteran hitters. 

The Cubs are nearing a deal with the Nationals for second baseman Daniel Murphy, according to SiriusXM’s Craig Mish. Fancred reports Washington will receive minor leaguer Andruw Monasterio and cash in return. 

The Nats also are sending Matt Adams back to St. Louis, Yahoo Sports first reported. 

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is scheduled to address the media at 3 p.m. ET. 

Murphy, 33, has only featured in 56 games this season due to injury, but he’s currently slashing .300/.341/.442 with six home runs, 29 RBIs and 17 runs scored. 

During the last two seasons, Murphy hit at least .300 with 23 home runs and 90 RBIs. The Cubs have been in search of middle infield depth this season, and Murphy serves as an instant upgrade at second base.

The 29-year-old Adams is slashing .257/.332/.510 with 18 home runs. He played with the Cardinals from 2012-17. 

The Nationals reportedly put a number of players up for waivers on Friday, with some of them getting claimed Sunday night. That meant the Nationals had until Tuesday afternoon to finalize trades, which means it could be a busy day in the nation’s capital.

According to The Washington Post, Murphy, Adams and Bryce Harper were all claimed by teams. 

The Nationals entered Tuesday with a 62-63 record, 7 1/2 games back of the Braves in the NL East and 6 1/2 games out of the wild card.