Cubs acquire Tigers closer Wilson, C Avila

  • Cubs acquire Tigers closer Wilson, C Avila

Cubs acquire Tigers closer Wilson, C Avila

Sunday, as the team landed in NY for a series against the Yankees, general manager Al Avila made his second major move of the month, sending Wilson and his own son to the Cubs for two of Chicago's top prospects - third baseman Jeimar Candelario and shortstop Isaac Paredes. Contreras is a right-handed hitter, and Avila is a left-handed hitter. In 11 games in the majors, Candelario bat.152 with a homer and three RBIs.

MLBPipeline.com has Candelario rated as the top prospect in the Cubs' minor-league system.

The Cubs have been trending up since the All-Star break and have played well following the addition of starter Jose Quintana. The Cubs will be sending Detroit a player to be named later or cash as part of the trade as well.

Wilson served as the Tigers' closer in 2017 and was quite effective, saving 13 games in 15 attempts with 55 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.68. Call to the Pen's Ben Chase had him as the number seven third base prospect. The 31-year-old veteran is having a down season (four homers, .635 OPS) but hit.292 with 24 homers, 81 RBI and an.855 OPS last season for the Brewers and Rangers and could easily become an offensive force at Coors Field. He's primarily played third base this season, with some time at first base as well.

We now know that the second name in the trade is shortstop prospect Isaac Paredes. He's hitting.261/.341/.399 with the South Bend Cubs in the Midwest League (Class A).

The Cubs are 13-3 since the all-star break and now lead the NL Central by two and a half games. He has two saves in six career opportunities, both of which coming last season. A ripple effect of this trade could be felt in Pittsburgh, where the Pirates have been clinging to the hopes of contention.

In looking ahead at the upside, a back-end trio of Davis, Wilson and Edwards with Uehara as the change-of-pace guy, Duensing as a guy only needed to get out lefties, Montgomery as the long man and Strop and Rondon still available is top notch.

The Tigers have a 47-56 record and are 10 games out of first place in the AL Central. It doesn't appear likely that Ian Kinsler or Justin Verlander will be moved at this time.