Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is reporting that the Diamondbacks have signed veteran left-hander Mike Hampton to a minor league contract.
Hampton hasn’t pitched in a minor league game since August of 2009 and is coming off major shoulder surgery. To expect anything from him, then, would be crazy, but it’s a nice low-risk move for the Diamondbacks, who have seen a lack of consistency from their bullpen and starting rotation this season.
The 37-year-old southpaw posted a 5.30 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 21 starts last year for the Astros. He could make it to the majors in September if he pitches well for the next few weeks at the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nevada.
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.