Cubs Acquire Reliever Rowan Wick from Padres for Jason Vosler

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Cubs Acquire Reliever Rowan Wick from Padres for Jason Vosler

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[See UPDATE at the bottom for the trade.]

Hey, all right – a little roster-clearing action today for the Cubs? Or taking advantage of the Padres’ loaded system having to do some clearing?

With clubs required to set rosters for purposes of the Rule 5 Draft today, we discussed yesterday the possibility that the Cubs – among other teams – might make some moves to create space, or pick up pieces that are going to be moved out. And if the Padres have to create a lot of space, then the Cubs could be in position to take advantage. Right now, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 39.

Brewer, 26, got a cup of coffee last year, and blew up in the upper minors in the past few years since he moved to the bullpen full-time. Every word of that is the same for Wick, with the exception that he was always a reliever in the minors.

In other words, given what we said this morning about the Cubs needing up-and-down reliever depth for AAA, these are exactly the kinds of guys the Cubs should be looking at. This probably makes too much sense for something not to happen.

Now the question is whether the trade would be a pretty simple Brewer or Wick for a low-level prospect, or whether things would get a little bigger, with the Cubs trying to send someone like Addison Russell to the Padres. That is also something we’ve discussed before, in conjunction with looking at the Padres’ roster glut. It certainly would be nice to pair those things together, especially since such a trade would come before the Cubs have to decide whether to tender Russell, who is currently suspended under the league’s domestic violence policy, a contract at the end of this month.

Eyes and ears open.

And just like that, sounds like Brewer is headed to the Red Sox, which, hey, fine, his name is terrible:

UPDATE: And, indeed, it’s Wick to the Cubs:

More on Wick soon. The short version is he broke out as an extreme groundball reliever in the upper minors the last couple years. He strikes out plenty but also walks plenty. For the Cubs, he can be an up-and-down reliever next year, which is something we know they’ll need.

Vosler, a corner infield slugger, is Rule 5 eligible, and my guess is he wasn’t going to have a spot on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. So, rather than risk losing him for nothing in December, the Cubs opted to make a trade for a reliever.

The 40-man stands at 40, though the Cubs presumably still are going to add Justin Steele tonight? We’ll see.

Author: Brett Taylor

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