Nationals trade Daniel Murphy, and the fire sale is on

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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 club also activated Carlos Martínez from the 10-day disabled list, optioned infielder Patrick Wisdom to Triple-A Memphis (opening a roster spot for Martínez) and moved outfielder Dexter Fowler from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. This month Adams is hitting.061 in 33 at-bats, shocking as he had never hit below.260 in a month during this season and kept an on-base percentage above.330. Washington is six and a half games out of a postseason position and is 3-7 in its last 10 games.

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This season has been more of the same as Big City has 18 home runs and 48 RBI in 92 games and a triple slash line of.257/.332/.510 with a wRC+ of 123. Adams, 29, played in 486 games in his first stint with the Cardinals from 2012-2017. He went on the disabled list July 31 for a right shoulder strain and missed 19 games. He made two relief appearances during an injury rehabilitation assignment in Springfield (AA) and will join the Cardinals bullpen in Los Angeles tonight.

Wisdom, 26, goes back to the minors, where he played 747 career games before getting his first major league call-up August 11.