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Cubs Trade Reliever Mychal Givens to Mets for RHP Saul Gonzalez

Relief Pitcher Mychal Givens is heading to the Mets. The Cubs get a Low-A pitching prospect in return.

Mychal Givens Chicago Cubs Trade
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The Chicago Cubs have traded relief pitcher Mychal Givens to the New York Mets in exchange for right-handed minor league pitcher Saul Gonzalez. The 32-year-old right-hander got his start with the Baltimore Orioles as a 25-year-old in 2015. The Cubs signed Givens to a one-year worth $5 million prior to the season.

Mychal Givens has worked in 40 games out of relief this season while accumulating a 2.66 ERA, six holds, two saves, and 51 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched. Out of Cubs relief pitchers with at least 20 IP out of the bullpen, Givens had the fourth-lowest hard hit rate against (34.3%). Carrying a career 3.32 ERA while playing for four different teams, Givens provides the Mets experience and another quality setup pitcher in front of closer Edwin Diaz.

Heading to the Chicago Cubs is Saul Gonzalez. The Cubs are getting a 22-year-old righty, who was selected by the Mets in the 23rd round of the 2018 MLB Draft. In 14 games with the Mets’ minor league affiliate Low-A St. Lucie Mets, Gonzalez has a 2.81 ERA, 29 strikeouts, and seven walks in 25.2 IP.

Admittedly, I don’t know a ton about Saul Gonzalez, but I’m eager to dive and do a little video scouting from St. Lucie’s archives. The numbers look good. After trading high leverage relievers Scott Effross, David Robertson, and Chris Martin for prospects, Jed Hoyer lands another (what looks to be) talented young pitcher.

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