MLB trade rumors: Brewers have interest in Nationals' Daniel Murphy, other second basemen

The Brewers need help in the middle infield and they have interest in acquiring Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy if Washington decides to sell, according to the Athletic.

Yahoo Sports reported Thursday, the Nationals are considering selling off some of their pieces at the deadline. Washington currently sits in third place in the National League East with a 50-51 record. The team is seven games back of first place and 5 1/2 games back of the second wild-card spot.

Murphy’s contract runs up at the end of 2018, so he will be a free agent this year which means he would be just a rental. The 33-year-old has twice finished as the runner-up for the batting title in the NL and would be one of the best bats to move at the deadline if the Nationals decided to deal.

He is currently batting .252 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games this season. He missed a good portion of the year recovering from offseason knee surgery.

If the Nationals decide to hold on to Murphy, the Brewers are expected to pursue Twins second baseman Brian Dozier or Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to the Athletic.

They are also still in the market for starting pitching as they have expressed interest in Orioles right hander Kevin Gausman and Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler.

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