- The Washington Times - Monday, July 31, 2017

The Chicago Cubs announced on Twitter Monday that they acquired relief pitcher Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers for two prospects and cash or a player to be named later.

Wilson, one of the closers the Nationals were reportedly “in the mix” for as the trade deadline approaches, currently holds a 2.68 ERA and has converted 13 out of 15 save chances. 

Avila gives the Cubs much needed depth as catcher. The 30-year-old is hitting .274 with 11 homers and 32 runs batted in.

For Wilson and Avila, the Cubs surrendered third baseman/first baseman Jeimer Candelario and shortstop Isaac Paredes, Chicago’s first and 10th-ranked prospects according to MLB.com, respectively.

Chicago will hope these new acquisitions can help them maintain their slim lead in the NL Central as they push for a World Series repeat.

• Josh Luckenbaugh can be reached at jluckenbaugh@washingtontimes.com.

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