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Red Sox prospect Jason Groome to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Red Sox pitching prospect Jason Groome will undergo Tommy John surgery, the team announced on Wednesday. He will undergo the procedure on May 15.

Groome has been dealing with a flexor strain in his left elbow since last August. The Red Sox selected the lefty in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2016 draft. Across 62 total innings in the minors, Groome owns a 5.37 ERA with 82 strikeouts and 34 walks.

Groome is the top pitching prospect in Boston’s system and No. 2 overall behind Michael Chavis, according to MLB Pipeline. He’s also ranked No. 85 among all prospects in baseball.

The upcoming surgery will end his 2018 campaign and will likely eat into about half of his 2019 season as well.

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.