March 22, 2018

Cubs Acquire Justin Wilson and Alex Avila From Tigers

02 August 2017, 06:27 | Randolph Howard

"(Martinez), you have the same emotional feelings", Al Avila said in NY before the Tigers played the Yankees. Wilson has closing experience (13 saves in 15 opportunities with DET) and can provide the Cubs with an additional closing option if Wade Davis is unavailable.

The Chicago Cubs are trying to get into the Justin Wilson sweepstakes. This season, they've acquired another lefty who can rack up strikeouts in Justin Wilson and a capable catcher in Alex Avila. "He's come a long way in a short time".

"I've seen Wilson pitch in the American League - I've always liked his stuff".

Avila gives the Cubs a veteran backup catcher behind second year starter Willson Conteras, a position voided by the release of Miguel Montero back in June.

"When you're a young player, you want to prove that you can play at the big-league level and you want to stay at the big-league", Ausmus said. "And now we will continue to move forward in the process", Al said. The Nationals have a unsafe set of left handed hitters in Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy.

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In exchange for the duo, the Cubs dealt infielders Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes to Detroit.

Avila, a former All-Star who played for the White Sox past year, fills the veteran catcher spot vacated when Miguel Montero was jettisoned last month for critical comments about teammate Jake Arrieta.

"Iglesias is controlled through next season, so that flexibility may allow the Tigers to find a match, even if it is not necessarily a contending team", Chad Raines of MLB Daily Dish said.

Avila was an American League All-Star for the Tigers in 2011, when he had 19 home runs and 82 RBIs to go with a.295 batting average, .389 on-base average and.506 slugging percentage.

So forget about "winning July". "You try to make moves to set yourself up for October and hopefully to get to October, and you try to make moves to set yourselves up for your future, as well".

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