That being said, the deal is done, I'm told.
— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) July 31, 2017
Remember before the All-Star break when everyone thought the Cubs might be sellers at the trade deadline? So much for that.
Not long after trading for Jose Quintana, they’ve landed reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers for prospects Jeimer Candelario and Issac Paredes.
Wilson is a major addition to the NL Central-leading Cubs’ bullpen. The soon-to-be 30-year-old left-hander has posted a 2.68 ERA and .94 WHIP in 40.2 innings pitched this season with Detroit. He should make all the difference as the set-up man for Wade Davis, but the Cubs can also count on him to close if necessary. As for Avila, he adds some depth behind Willson Contreras.
Candelario was the Cubs’ top prospect, but he was ineffective in his two brief stints with the major league club. Theo Epstein and the front office are done waiting for prospects to develop. They have their guys. Whatever it takes to win now and in the years to come, they’re going to do just that.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the deal, Tigers GM Al Avila traded away his son.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2017
I’d love to be a fly on the wall at the Avila family’s Thanksgiving.