Cubs close to getting Wilson, Avila from Tigers

Monday, Arizona made several under-the-radar moves, signing former Cub Emilio Bonifacio to a minor-league deal, trading for Oakland utility infielder Adam Rosales and then securing reliever David Hernandez from the Angels.

"We are happy with the return we got".

If the Nats are feeling pressure to win now, don't be shocked to see them go all in if they agree with Britton's valuation. The Cubs don't have many holes, but tough lefty reliever is probably one of them, and Wilson allows Joe Maddon flexibility to use Mike Montgomery in different ways, while building a stronger bridge to the lights-out arm of Wade Davis. He has converted 13 of 15 attempts and posted a 2.68 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings. His numbers against left-handed hitters are pretty good, owning a.220 batting average agianst them as well as a.267 OBP against.

Alex Avila is batting.274 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs this season for the Tigers.

The veteran notched a.201 ISO, a 16.3 walk percentage, a.394 on-base percentage, a.373 wOBA and a 134 wRC+. Young catcher Victor Caratini has been Contreras' backup.

Alex Avila is also having a great year, hitting.271/.392/.472 in 76 games with the Tigers. "He has had a really good year". The 18-year old shorstop was hitting.264 with seven home runs and 49 RBI at Class-A South Bend. "That way we have some depth at that position".

But Chicago got left-hander Jose Quintana in a blockbuster trade with the crosstown White Sox on July 13, and took off from there. (Candelario could get his first trip to Detroit as early as September, while Lugo is further away).

Avila returns to Chicago after he played for the White Sox previous year.

"But in another way, we're unusual that way. We risked him playing too much without going out and making moves like this".

"I do think it's very hard or challenging to look at our organization in that way because on the one hand, yes, we've traded a number of prospects".

Unfortunately for him he wasn't able to be as successful in his limited big league action (.136 average in 16 total games), and his path to consistent playing time at the top level is now blocked by Kris Bryant at third base and Anthony Rizzo at first.

  • Rogelio Becker