Theo Epstein is at it again. The Chicago Cubs acquired left handed pitcher Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for third baseman Jeimer Candelario, shortstop Isaac Paredes and a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Candelario, 23, appeared in 11 games for the Chicago Cubs this year slashing .152/.222/.303 in the majors. He is the Chicago Cubs #1 prospect.
Paredes, 18, is considered by the Cubs organization as a defensive gem. Paredes is ranked as the #10 Cubs prospect by MLB.com. He slashed .261/.341/.399 for the South Bend Cubs in the minor leagues.
Justin Wilson, 29, a lefty relief pitcher has 13 saves in 15 opportunities with a 2.68 ERA for the Tigers. Wilson has 55 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched. Wilson is owed $2.7 million for this season and is under team control through 2018. He could possible be the future closer for the Cubs if they fail to resign Wade Davis this offseason.
Alex Avila, 30, returns to Chicago but this time to the North Side. Avila is batting .271 which is close to a career high for the catcher. Avila will be a free agent after the 2017 season. He comes to the Cubs to serve as a veteran backup catcher for Contreras.
Theo Epstein said they were looking for a veteran backup catcher and another arm in the bullpen and he went out and did it. This trade is just what the Cubs need if they want to make a deep postseason run.