Cubs Deal With Tigers

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The Chicago Cubs have  acquired left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers.

In return the Cubs give up Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and a player to be named or cash consideration

Wilson, who turns 30 next month, is 3-4 with 13 saves and a 2.68 ERA (12 ER/40.1 IP) in 42 relief appearances for the Tigers this season. He has struck out 55 batters in 40.1 innings and held opponents to a 0.94 WHIP while limiting foes to a .157 batting average, including a .220 mark by lefties and a .131 mark by righties.

Overall, Wilson is 21-14 with 92 holds, 14 saves and a 3.20 ERA (106 ER/298.1 IP) in 318 relief appearances covering six major league seasons with Pittsburgh (2012-14), the New York Yankees (2015) and Detroit (2016-17).

Avila, 30, is batting .274 (60-for-219) with 11 doubles, 11 homers and 32 RBI in 77 games with the Tigers this season. He has posted a .394 on-base percentage and a .475 slugging percentage, good for a .869 OPS. His .869 OPS is the second highest mark among all major league catchers with at least 70 games played this season, trailing only San Francisco’s Buster Poser (.903).

Overall, the left-handed hitting Avila is a career .243 hitter (600-for-2,472) with 128 doubles, 84 homers and 325 RBI in 817 games covering nine big league seasons with Detroit (2009-15, 2017) and the Chicago White Sox (2016).

Candelario, 23, has batted .136 (6-for-44) with one homer and three RBI in 16 big league games with the Cubs during the last two seasons (2016-17). This year he is batting .266 (76-for-286) with 12 homers and 52 RBI in 81 games with Triple-A Iowa. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2010.

Paredes, 18, is batting .264 (89-for-337) with 25 doubles, seven home runs and 49 RBI in 92 games with Single-A South Bend this season. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2015.

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