The MLB trade deadline has officially passed, and the Cubs made two moves to bolster their bullpen before the buzzer sounded. They acquired Andrew Chafin from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Josh Osich from the Red Sox.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the news via Twitter on Monday, seven minutes before the trade deadline.
Cubs now have three lefties in their bullpen: Kyle Ryan, Andrew Chafin and Josh Osich, who they got from the Red Sox for a PTBNL, sources tell ESPN.
Seven minutes left.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
Josh Osich was traded for a player to be named later, while it is unclear who the D-Backs acquired in return for Andrew Chafin.
The Cubs’ bullpen has been a glaring weak point in the shortened 2020 MLB season. Even though they are 20-14 and firmly in control of the NL Central, the bullpen has been the sole reason for a number of those losses.
Two lefty relievers can fill holes and shift the rotation around. Most probably, move Rowan Wick into a full time closer spot to replace the struggling Craig Kimbrel.
Cameron Maybin was also acquired from the Detroit Tigers right at the deadline, to go along with Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ. That outfield trio just became the first outfielder squad to all hit two home runs in one game on Sunday.
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