After a day and night of Justin Verlander-led drama (nothing doing there), the Chicago Cubs did make a last-minute deadline trade … but it wasn’t for Verlander. It wasn’t even for a backup shortstop after word that Addison Russell could be out another three weeks with a flareup of his plantar fasciitis.
Instead, it’s outfielder Leonys Martin, whom the Cubs have acquired from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash.
Martin, 29, looked so promising just a few years ago, as the bat started to come along to match the elite outfield defense and the speed on the bases. But the bat cratered, and he’s now mostly a defensive replacement and a baserunner off the bench.
In other words, for a playoff contender, he’s a perfect addition in September, when rosters expand. Great bench piece. Further, Martin isn’t currently on the Mariners’ 40-man roster (he’s been at AAA), which means the Cubs don’t even have to worry about putting him on the 40-man roster right away.
Martin is making $4.8 million this year, and I cannot imagine the Cubs are giving up much to acquire him.