AUDIO: Mike Rizzo addresses Daniel Murphy, Matt Adams trades

Chris Lingebach
August 21, 2018 - 4:01 pm
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The Nationals, 7.5 games out of the division race in the NL East, traded Daniel Murphy to the Cubs, and Matt Adams to the Cardinals, on Tuesday.

"We announce that we've traded Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs for a very exciting Class-A prospect and a player to be named later – that we will follow through the finalization of the Arizona Fall League and then through instructional league – and Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals for cash considerations," Nationals GM and President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo said in a press conference announcing the moves on Tuesday.

"These moves allow us financial flexibility going into the 2019 season, to allocate our resources in that direction," he said. "Also, it allows some of our young players to get valuable Major League experience, and it also allows to get the good, young prospect players that we'll need in the minor leagues for the future."

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"As you all know, we took a chance at the first trade deadline and held tight with the belief that that was our best way to compete. Kept almost our entire roster intact," he said. "I still think today we have the talent base on this team to play competitive games at the end of the season. Realizing I know what the standings say and what the calendar says, but the talent level in that locker room is still great.

"These are tough decisions. To trade an ultimate professional like Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams is never easy. We feel that this was the best way to facilitate what we're trying to do, not only in 2018, but beyond. As you know, we always have the one-, three- and five-year plan in place, and this helps expedite those plans."

In return for Murphy, Washington receives 21-year-old infield prospect Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later. Monasterio is batting .263 with 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 31 RBI in 109 games this season at Class-A Myrtle Beach. The Nationals are receiving cash considerations in return for Adams.

"The trade-waiver process, everybody on the roster just about goes through trade-waivers," Rizzo said. "We had a strategy in place that we were going to put it into play at a certain time. When the names came and the claims were made for Murph and for Matt, we discussed it with those other teams and decided that this was the right course of action for those particular players at this particular time."

On the surface, fans may view trading Adams for cash considerations as a salary dump by the Nationals. Asked for an explanation of why they would do so, Rizzo said, "I explained it kind of with my opening statement. These are resources we're going to utilize for player acquisition in the future, and I think that's the way we think about it in the front office.

"The money that we are making from the cash considerations goes directly into procuring talent for us to compete in the future." 

The Associated Press reports the Cardinals are sending $50,000 to Washington for Adams.

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