MLB trade: Cubs land Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from Tigers

The
Chicago Cubs
 acquired lefty reliever 
Justin Wilson
 and catcher Alex Avila from the
Detroit Tigers
in exchange for third baseman
Jeimer Candelario
 and minor-league shortstop/third baseman Isaac Paredes, the teams announced on Monday.

Wilson, 29, is in the midst of a great season for the Tigers. He took over as closer and has saved 13 games in 15 tries with a 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 55 strikeouts against 16 walks in 40 1/3 innings. 

Is Justin Wilson headed to the north side of Chicago?
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Where Wilson fits in the Cubs’ bullpen is a fun topic.
Wade Davis
remains the closer, but Maddon has a bevy of guys he employs in late-inning, high-leverage situations, including
Carl Edwards
Jr.,
Pedro Strop
,
Koji Uehara
,
Hector Rondon
and lefty
Brian Duensing
.
Mike Montgomery
is a lefty like Duensing and Wilson, but he remains the long guy.
Justin Grimm
may be in trouble of being designated for assignment here, as he’s the likely guy squeezed out the presence of Wilson. 

The look of the Cubs’ bullpen was already strong. The stable currently boasts a 3.34 bullpen ERA, which is good for fourth (tied with the
New York Yankees
, actually) in the majors, trailing only the
Cleveland Indians
,
Los Angeles Dodgers
and
Boston Red Sox
. Now it’s better. 

In looking ahead at the upside, a back-end trio of Davis, Wilson and Edwards with Uehara as the change-of-pace guy, Duensing as a guy only needed to get out lefties, Montgomery…

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