Daniel Murphy Bryce Harper and Matt Adams have claimed any revocable commercial waiver Tuesday, according to the Washington Post, but whether or not teams change remains an uncertainty, in how each presents a unique dilemma within the roster plans of the citizens – in particular with the club poised on the postseason contest.
It is not clear which clubs have requested which player. According to the Post, Mark Reynolds and Gio Gonzalez were also placed on revocable derogations.
Daniel Murphy Bryce Harper and Matt Adams claimed to have renounced the revocable trade on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post, but if they change or not the teams will remain uncertain, as each presents a unique dilemma within the Citizens' roster plans – particularly with the club teetering over contention for the season.
It is not clear which clubs have requested which player. According to the Post, Mark Reynolds Matt Wieters and Gio Gonzalez were also placed on revocable derogations.
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If each player was actually claimed, the Nats would have 48 hours to find a standard agreement with the clubs that have supported or allow everyone to leave nothing in return. They could also withdraw any waiver.
To be eligible for a postseason roster, a traded player must be purchased by his team no later than August 31st.
Murphy would not be cheap, as he had about $ 4 million before beating this offseason agency, according to the insider of MLB Network Ken Rosenthal. The MLB Network insider Joel Sherman reported Monday in a story for the New York Post that a team claimed Murphy for revocable waivers. Sherman added that the club in question is not the Yankees, who were close to the end of the waiver hierarchy, thanks to their record this season. Citizens have not confirmed Sherman's relationship, just as they have not confirmed Rosenthal's original report since Friday that Murphy and Harper would have been exonerated.
• Glossary: Trade Waivers and August 31 "Deadline"  But the impact of Murphy's bat could eventually convince a competitor. After a slow start on his return from knee surgery with microfractures, he hit .364 in the last 35 games to bring his average to .300 for the season. The 33-year-old has a score of 3232 more since he joined the Nationals before the 2016 season.
Murphy's defensive limits mean that he probably would fit better as a designated striker for an American League team, even if he demonstrated the ability to play the first base that could convince a club in the National League to move it around the diamond, if necessary.
Harper would seem a less logical or probable option for Nats to trade. Moving Harper, Washington would renounce the possibility of extending the outfielder star to a qualifying bid and receiving Draft compensation in the event that it refused that offer. Harper was also the longtime face of the series as it was first selected in 2010, and moving it before the end of the season could have an effect on their attempt to re-sign it. Harper, who is hitting .246 / .380 / .511 with 30 homers, has long been optimistic about the club's postseason opportunities.
Harper was said to be available the night before the Trade Deadline by July 31, but General Director Mike Rizzo said that the next morning Harper would not move.
Adams, who is hitting the .257 / .332 / .510 with 18 homers, would look like a more mobile commercial chip, like a powerful club that could potentially leave the bench and a distinct platoon advantage.
Washington entered Tuesday 7 1/2 in Braves' games in the NL East classification and 6 1/2 in the second position NL Wild Card, with four teams ahead. Harper, Adams and Murphy will both be free agents at the end of the season.
Matt Kelly is a MLB.com journalist based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB .