Cubs acquire LHP Justin Wilson and C Alex Avila from the Tigers for INF Jeimer Candelario, INF Isaac Paredes and a player to be named later or cash … RHP Dylan Floro designated for assignment
The Cubs made official Monday the deal with the Tigers that sent a pair of prospects to Detroit for Justin Wilson and veteran catcher Alex Avila.
The Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers for infielders Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and a player to be named or cash consideration. To open up a spot on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro has been designated for assignment.
With Monday’s trade, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players. The Cubs will announce the corresponding moves Tuesday to place Wilson and Avila on the active roster. Victor Caratini will be optioned to Iowa, likely joined by Justin Grimm, on Tuesday.
Justin Wilson, who turns 30 next month, is 3-4 with 13 saves, a 2.68 ERA (12 earned runs in 40 1/3 innings) and 0.94 WHIP in 42 relief appearances for the Tigers this season. Wilson has struck out 55 batters while limiting teams to a .157 batting average, including a .220 mark by lefties and a .131 mark by righties. He has also held opponents to just a .242 on-base percentage and a .321 slugging percentage, good for a .563 opponents OPS. Wilson is under club control through the 2018 campaign.
The southpaw made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in 2012, posting a 1.93 ERA (one earned run in 4 2/3 innings) and a 2.78 WHIP in eight outings during his first Major League action, before going 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA (17 earned runs in 73 2/3 innings) and 1.05 WHIP in 58 relief appearances with the Pirates during his first full big league campaign in 2013. He pitched for the Pirates for another season before joining the New York Yankees in 2015, where he went 5-0 with 29 holds, a 3.10 ERA (21 earned runs in 61 innings) and 1.13 WHIP in 74 relief outings during his lone season in New York. Wilson was traded to the Tigers prior to the 2016 campaign.
Overall, Wilson is 21-14 with 92 holds, 14 saves, a 3.20 ERA (106 earned runs in 298 1/3 innings) and a 1.19 WHIP in 318 relief appearances covering six Major League seasons with Pittsburgh (2012-14), the New York Yankees (2015) and Detroit (2016-17). Wilson was selected by the Pirates in the fifth round of the 2008 Draft out of California State University, Fresno.
Alex Avila, 30, is batting .274/.394/.475 (60-for-219) with 11 doubles, 11 home runs and a .869 OPS in 77 games with the Tigers this season. He has posted a .394 on-base percentage and a .475 slugging percentage, good for a .869 OPS. His .869 OPS is the second highest mark among all Major League catchers with at least 70 games played this season, trailing only San Francisco’s Buster Poser (.903).
Overall, the left-handed hitting Avila is a career .243/.350/.402 hitter (600-for-2,472) with 128 doubles, 84 homers, 325 RBI and a .752 OPS in 817 games covering nine big league seasons with Detroit (2009-15, 2017) and the Chicago White Sox (2016). He was originally selected by the Tigers in the fifth round of the 2008 Draft out of the University of Alabama.
Jeimer Candelario, 23, has batted .136/.240/.250 (6-for-44) with two doubles, one home run and a .490 OPS in 16 big league games with the Cubs during the last two seasons (2016-17). This year, Candelario is batting .266/.361/.507 (76-for-286) with 27 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs and a .868 OPS in 81 games with Triple-A Iowa. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2010.
Isaac Paredes, 18, is batting .264/.343/.401 (89-for-337) with 25 doubles, seven home runs and and a .744 OPS in 92 games with Low-A South Bend this season. Paredes originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2015.
Dylan Floro, 26, had no record, a 6.52 ERA (seven earned runs in 9 2/3 innings) and a 1.75 WHIP in three outings with the Cubs this season. With Iowa this year, he went 3-2 with one save, a 3.88 ERA (21 earned runs in 48 2/3 innings) and a 1.27 WHIP in 25 appearances – 23 in relief and two as a starter.