Cubs acquire RHP Joe Smith from the Angels for RHP Jesus Castillo
The Cubs made a deal prior to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline and added a reliever to the bullpen. The Cubs acquired RHP Joe Smith from the Angels for RHP Jesus Castillo.
Joe Smith was added to the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 40 players. Smith is a free agent at the end of the season.
Smith is expected to be activated prior to Tuesday’s game with the Marlins.
Joe Smith is on the final season of the three-year, $15.75 million contract he signed in November 2013. Smith’s contract called for a $5.25 million salary for this season. The Cubs are responsible for the remaining $1.8 million.
Joe Smith, 32, is 40-27 with a 2.94 ERA (182 earned runs in 556 1/3 innings) and a 1.20 WHIP in 623 Major League relief appearances covering the last 10 seasons with the New York Mets (2007-08), Cleveland Indians (2009-13) and Los Angeles Angels (2014-16). He has reached 70 relief outings in each of the last five seasons and has pitched in both closing and set-up situations the last three years, totaling 26 saves and 56 holds since the start of the 2014 campaign.
In his career, Smith has limited foes to a .226 batting average and .306 on-base percentage while allowing only 0.60 home runs per nine innings, contributing to a .326 career slugging percentage against. He has limited right-handed hitters to a career .214 batting average against.
Joe Smith is 1-4 with six holds, six saves and a 3.82 ERA (16 earned runs in 37 2/3 innings) and 1.30 WHIP in 38 relief appearances with the Angels this season. In his last 17 outings in the last two-plus months starting on May 23, he has pitched to a 2.87 ERA (five earned runs in 15 2/3 innings).
Jesus Castillo, 20, is 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA (12 ER/33.0 IP) and 1.18 WHIP in seven starts for Short-Season Class-A Eugene this season. Castillo was originally acquired by the Cubs as part of the trade that sent outfielder Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks on February 18, 2013.