Jerry Manuel says the Mets "appeared unprepared" for Livan Hernandez

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Even for as big a hater as I am, I would not have guessed that things would get ugly in New York as quickly as they have this season.  Yesterday Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel said “I thought we appeared unprepared and I have to take responsibility for
that. … I’m talking about having the information but not trusting it
for the most part.”

Criticize Manuel if you want, but what he’s really saying here — borne out by reports that he lit into the team behind closed doors after the game — is that he and his staff told the players to expect Livan Hernandez to throw his usual assortment of tired old junk and that no one appeared to pay any heed.

Sleeping on a guy like Livan Hernandez and/or ignoring the manager on the first Sunday game of the season? Not pretty.

Cubs to acquire Daniel Murphy from the Nationals

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The Chicago Cubs are going to acquire Daniel Murphy from the Washington Nationals. Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs will send back prospect Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later in exchange. Craig Mish of Sirius XM was the first to report that the Cubs were the team that claimed Murphy off of waivers.

Murphy got off to a slow start this year coming off of major surgery but is hitting .300/.341/.442 on the season and has been particularly hot of late. Murphy is primarily a second baseman, of course, but he has played some first base too. The Cubs, at any rate, have a pretty flexible roster so they’ll likely be able to find a good amount of playing time for him at either position and, when he doesn’t start, he’ll be a great option off the bench.

Between this trade and the trade of Matt Adams to the Cardinals, the Nats have officially thrown in the towel on 2018.