As expected Delmon Young passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week. He then rejected an assignment to the minors, at which point the Phillies released him.
Young’s contract was cheap enough that if any team thought he had any sort of meaningful value they could have claimed him off waivers, so this isn’t exactly a great sign for his career at age 27.
He hasn’t been a viable regular since 2010, hitting just .266 with a .299 on-base percentage and .402 slugging percentage (plus awful defense) in 355 games during that time, and the market for platoon should-be designated hitters with mediocre power and zero plate discipline tends to be pretty limited.
Mazel tov to the Phillies for moving on.
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.