After acquiring INF/OF/DH José Martínez from Tampa Bay on Sunday, the Cubs were expected to be quiet heading into Monday’s trade deadline. Instead, the Cubs pulled the trigger on three moves, adding lefties to their bullpen and adding even more depth, this time in centerfield.
We’ll break each of these trades down separately below:
Cubs Acquire LHP Andrew Chafin from Diamondbacks
The Cubs’ first move on Monday was acquiring LHP Andrew Chafin from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Chafin trade is a bit interesting, as the lefty is still on the 10-day IL with a left finger sprain.
However, the news isn’t all that awful, as Chafin went on the IL on August 19, meaning he will be eligible to return soon. Its safe to believe that Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and company would not trade for a player that wasn’t healing on schedule.
The official statement has not yet been issued from the Cubs, but it will likely be a player to be named later, cash, or a low level prospect.
Chafin has a career 3.68 ERA in 337 career games. He has 82 holds, two saves, and a 10-12 career record. Chafin has also struck out 288 batters while walking 117 over his career.
Cubs Acquire LHP Josh Osich from Red Sox
The Cubs acquired LHP Josh Osich from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. Osich is regarded as a lefty specialist, and likely a bottom third of the bullpen guy, but is another lefty added to the pen to compliment Kyle Ryan and Andrew Chafin.
Osich has a career 11-6 record with a 4.95 ERA. In 230 games, Osich has 40 career holds but is 0-for-9 in career save opportunities. Osich also has stuck out 186 batters for his career compared to just 81 walks.
Cubs Acquire OF Cameron Maybin from Tigers
In what comes as the most shocking move of the day for the Cubs, they added yet another bat, this time in centerfield. Cameron Maybin was acquired just before Monday’s deadline by the Cubs to add depth to their outfield. This acquisition likely spells the end of the Albert Almora Jr. era in Chicago.
The Cubs didn’t have to give up all that much for the outfielder. However, the prospect going to Detroit is SS Zack Short.
This will certainly throw a monkey wrench into recording ‘The Compound’, which is a podcast featuring Cubs’ star Ian Happ, pitcher Dakota Meekes, Zack Short, and, on occassion, Nico Hoerner.
However, Maybin brings another reliable bat to the active roster, and as mentioned, likely spells the end of the Almora era in Chicago. The DFA announcement is being anticipated by many Cubs fans.
Maybin has a career slash line of .256/.324/.701 with 72 homeruns and 349 RBI’s. Maybin also owns 183 career stolen bases.
All three of these moves address direct needs that the Cubs had. The team is hoping now they can get hot with under 30 games remaining and make a splash in the expanded playoffs.
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