The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Chicago Cubs did not stay quiet. The Cubs added four new players to the roster, including some much-needed bullpen help. Although the Cubs did not make any major moves, they did in fact add depth and some veteran leadership. Let’s meet your new Cubs. Let’s meet your new Chicago Cubs.
The first acquisition came the day before the deadline where the Cubs struck a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, acquiring José Martínez. The Cubs received Martínez for future considerations. Martínez who debut in 2016 was with Cubs rivals the St. Louis Cardinals for four seasons, until this past offseason when the Cardinals dealt him to the Rays. He is a career .294 hitter. Martínez brings consistency to the Cubbies lineup and as a first baseman, he can relive Anthony Rizzo when needed.
The North siders added veteran left-hander Andrew Chafin in a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later. Although Chafin is not the sexiest acquisition, he adds some much-needed depth to a struggling Cubs bullpen. In seven seasons and 337 appearances with the Diamondbacks Chafin holds a 3.68 earned run average. Although he has a career ERA of 3.68 his current ERA on the season 8.10 in 6.2 innings pitched. Chafin is currently out with a left finger sprain.
Chicago would add more bullpen depth after striking a deal with the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Josh Osich sending a player to be named later. Over six seasons Osich has pitched 203.2 innings and holds a 4.95 ERA. Although Osich is not the most consistent reliever around he also adds much-needed depth to the Cubs bullpen.
The Cubs capped off the trade deadline by acquiring veteran journeyman Cameron Maybin from Detroit for infielder Zack Short. Maybin has appeared in over 1,100 MLB games over the course of his career, registering a .256 batting average thus far in his career. Although he has never made an all-star game or been in the running for any awards, he was apart of the 2017 Astros who won the World Series.
The Cubs made the moves to bolster their bullpen and add a couple of depth players to their active roster. These moves may not be what fans were hoping for at the deadline, but they made moves that could pay off in the long run. The Cubs have made the depth moves to help with a playoff push. With a bullpen that needs help, the Cubs will look to get some help from Osich and Chafin. As the season goes on and everyday position players will be in need of rest Maybin and Martínez come into the picture. With all four players being good acquisitions the Cubs seemed to have had a good 2020 trade deadline.
For a full rundown of all Central League trades, check out Overtime Heroics podcast, Cheap Seats Chatter. This week the guys talked about trades for both the American and National League Central Divisions.
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