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Cubs Rumored Pitcher Trade Possibilities Include Angels Righty Joe Smith (UPDATE: Cubs Acquire Him)

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[Original post remains, but see UPDATES below – the Cubs traded for Smith.]

Another bullpen arm under consideration for the Cubs? Yes, says Ken Rosenthal:

Smith, 32, is in the final year of a three-year deal he signed with the Angels, and he’s making $5.2 million. It’s been a down year for Smith, whose strikeout rate has plummeted and walk rate has risen (he’s been a little better in July). Before 2015, he was consistently excellent.


A depth addition? I suppose. Unless the Cubs see something specific they can fix, I don’t immediately see the attractiveness – but then, I’ve only been reviewing him, on paper, for about 5 minutes. Such is life on Trade Deadline day.

UPDATE: Well, we’ll have to figure it out soon enough, because the Cubs have reportedly traded for Smith:

More on him in a moment.

UPDATE 2: The Cubs are giving up 20-year-old short-season Low-A lefty Jesus Castillo in the deal:

And some thoughts on Smith:

So, in short, the Cubs added a veteran righty, formerly excellent, recently decent against righties, at a very low cost. Now they have to figure out how to fit him into the roster. For now, he can replace Spencer Patton (who is coming up to replace Brian Matusz), and then when Justin Grimm’s 10-day transaction exile is up, the Cubs will decide who goes and who stays.



Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.