Aug 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Matt Adams (15) watches his solo home run during the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park.

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Matt Adams returns to Cardinals

August 21, 2018 - 3:43 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have traded second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals, essentially throwing in the towel on a disappointing season.

The third-place Nationals announced the moves Tuesday before beginning a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Despite a roster that boasts such stars as Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper, Washington began the day with a losing record of 62-63, 7½ games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.

The deals come three weeks after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and the Nationals aren't getting much in return.

For Adams, the Cardinals are sending $50,000 to Washington.

For Murphy, the Cubs are swapping Class-A infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash.
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