Cubs reportedly working hard to get reliever Justin Wilson

Cubs reportedly working hard to get reliever Justin Wilson

Cubs reportedly working hard to get reliever Justin Wilson

Keep in mind that fellow NL contenders like the Dodgers and Washington Nationals were reportedly also vying for Wilson, so getting him is also a victory in keeping him away from teams the Cubs are planning to face in the playoffs.

The move indicates that the Cubs are gearing up for another October. "But all along we were strongly leaning toward transactions that were going to help us beyond 2017". Wilson, who turns 30 next month, bolsters a bullpen that has struggled after the All-Star break but had a great weekend in a series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He is effective against both lefties and righties, with left-handed batters hitting.220 against him while right-handers are at.131.

The Cubs have Brian Duensing and Mike Montgomery as left handed options. He has posted a.394 on-base percentage and a.475 slugging percentage, good for a.869 OPS. These trades were undoubtedly painful, but they have once again made the Cubs a serious threat in the postseason, should they survive to see it. That said, he's already been worth 1.9 fWAR so far this year, and he's a clear upgrade to the departed Miguel Montero (well, organizationally departed) and the talented-but-untested Victor Caratini. The Nationals have a unsafe set of left handed hitters in Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Paredes has big upside and could end up being the best player in this trade. He's batting.269 with 16 home runs.

But then Chicago got left-hander Jose Quintana in a blockbuster trade with the crosstown White Sox on July 13, and took off from there.

The Chicago Cubs' bullpen has been fine this season, even superb at times.

"Willson plays like the Energizer Bunny", Hoyer said. "But I think prospect rankings are valuable in some ways".

And it's hard to argue this isn't the right deal. "It's a matter of guys feeling good and playing baseball together".

Unfortunately for him he wasn't able to be as successful in his limited big league action (.136 average in 16 total games), and his path to consistent playing time at the top level is now blocked by Kris Bryant at third base and Anthony Rizzo at first. "Unfortunately, those rankings only rank guys who are in the minor leagues".

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