The Chicago Cubs made their second trade in recent weeks, acquiring left-handed pitcher Derek Holland from the San Francisco Giants. Along with Holland, the Cubs acquired a cash consideration, with another cash consideration of their own heading back to San Francisco.
This is a low risk move for the Cubs. This is a perfect move, in fact, for the Cubs because it only required cash to bring another left-hander to Chicago. The propsect pool is still intact if the Cubs want to retain their prospects or use a few to target another arm that would require more trade capital.
Holland will almost certainly be a bullpen pitcher, despite his experience as a starter. However, his ability to spot start when needed will be valuable to the Cubs. It’s safe to view this acquisition as a Mike Montgomery replacement after he was traded for Martin Maldonado.
Worth noting, per Sahadev Sharma, Holland will not be with the team today, so Tim Collins’ designation for assignment is the move to free up space for Ian Happ. This also means another move is coming once Holland is with the team.
Expect more action from the Cubs before the trade deadline. Buckle up fans, it’s going to be an interesting five days.
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