acquired lefty reliever
and catcher Alex Avila from the
in exchange for third baseman
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.
Where Wilson fits in the Cubs’ bullpen is a fun topic.
remains the closer, but Maddon has a bevy of guys he employs in late-inning, high-leverage situations, including
is a lefty like Duensing and Wilson, but he remains the long guy.
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
Los Angeles Dodgers
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…