Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Matt Adams claimed on revocable waivers

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UPDATE: That was quick. The Nats have traded Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals.

UPDATE: And they’ve traded Murphy to the Cubs. The Nats’ 2018 season is effectively over.

2:28 PM: Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that Bryce Harper, Matt Adams and Daniel Murphy of the Washington Nationals have been claimed on revocable waivers.

There’s always some inexactness as to the timeline of these things, but it would appear as though the Nationals have until sometime today to either let them go on a waiver claim, work out a trade with the claiming team or to pull them back off waivers and keep things as they are.

The latter option is by far the most likely one for Harper, who the Nationals (a) are not likely to get a life-changing haul for if they tried to trade him given that he’ll be a free agent in October; and (b) are likely to extend a qualifying offer to once he is a free agent, all but ensuring them a draft pick. The calculus is not quite the same for Murphy, also a pending free agent, who is not eligible for a qualifying offer given that he’s received one previously. Letting him go saves them a few million bucks over the rest of the season. Adams is also a pending free agent to whom a qualifying offer is highly unlikely to be extended.

Either way, this is the stuff a club that has fallen out of contention has to think hard about, and the Nats appear to have fallen out of contention.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.