The Washington Nationals are in the midst of a disappointing season and have begun moving players. Daniel Murphy is the first to go.
Murphy has been traded to the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple reports. The Nats have scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m. ET.
In exchange for the veteran Murphy, the Nationals are receiving minor league infielder Andruw Monasterio, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman. The Cubs will also reportedly send either cash or a player to be named later.
Monasterio is hitting .263 with a .359 OBP in 109 games with the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He has three home runs, 52 runs scored, 31 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
The 33-year-old Murphy is a proven veteran hitter. He is slashing .300/.341/.442 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 56 games this season.
Additionally, while Murphy is not a particularly good defender, he can functionally play second and first base and has played third base before. That is the kind of versatility Cubs manager Joe Maddon craves.
Murphy is also a career .323 hitter in 24 postseason games, a welcome stat for the Cubs, who currently have the best record in the National League.