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Cubs Trade RHP Chris Martin to Dodgers for Utility Man Zach McKinstry

The Cubs have traded RHP Chris Martin to the Dodgers to kick off their 2022 trade season.

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Trade season is here in the MLB, and the Chicago Cubs are starting their sell-off with a minor move. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cubs are trading veteran RHP Chris Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports utility man Zach McKinsrty is coming back to the Cubs in the deal.

Martin, 36, has made 34 appearances this season with a 4.31 ERA, a 3.02 FIP, and a career-best 11.5 SO/9. With Martin, the Dodgers are getting a reliever who has been better than those numbers as of late and posts a 30.1% K rate against a 3% BB rate. He is making $2.5 million this season. Martin is a veteran bullpen arm with postseason experience, which every contending team is trying to acquire.

Zach McKinstry Joins The Cubs

Utility man Zach McKinstry will join the Chicago Cubs as a result of this trade. The 27-year-old is under team control until 2028 and has already seen time in the majors. This season, McKinstry’s numbers look pretty poor: .091 BA, .286 OBP, .364 SLG. However, he only has 14 plate appearances on the year. Last year, McKinstry saw 172 plate appearances and posted a .215/.263/.405 slash line.

McKinstry spent some time on the injured list due to a neck issue after being promoted back in June. He has been mashing in Triple-A (.335/.417/.487) as he has gone up and down this year. All things considered, this is a solid return for Chris Martin and it shows just how expensive the reliever market is setting up to be. This could be fun.

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