Shane Greene Named New Closer For Tigers

Joe Maddon defends Willson Contreras after confrontation with umpire

Having already dipped into their once-formidable farm systems to pull off last summer's Aroldis Chapman deal and the Quintana trade, the Cubs this time gave up two of their best remaining prospects, in Candelario and Paredes.

Per ESPN, he will become the set-up man behind current Cubs closer Wade Davis.

The rolling Chicago Cubs got a big lift Monday when they acquired reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila in a trade with the Detroit Tigers, bolstering their chance for another long playoff run. Formerly of the Pirates and Yankees as well, Wilson had 92 holds as well in his six Major League Baseball seasons and is expected to be a set-up man for current Cubs closer Wade Davis in 2017.

The Cubs' package emerged as the victor among four teams that ranked as the finalists, including the Astros, Nationals and Dodgers.

While the Cubs had a near-perfect trade deadline, their rivals were making waves, too. Avila is hitting.274 this season with 11 home runs and 32 runs batted in.

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Another benefit of adding Wilson is that he's under team control through 2018, meaning he could potentially fill the closer role next year if Davis leaves in free agency this offseason.

At the time of the deal, Wilson paced Detroit relievers with a 0.9 WAR.

The switch-hitting third baseman got his first taste of the big leagues with Chicago in 2016, when he went 1-for-11 at the plate. With Bryant, Contreras, Happ, Heyward, Rizzo, Russell, and Schwarber occupying space, there's nowhere for these guys to play.

Hoyer wasn't assuming the National League Central is a lock although the two trades accompany a 13-3 start to the second half and a 2 1/2-game lead in the division. Candelario has spent most of this season at Triple-A Iowa, where he has hit.266 with 12 homers, 52 RBIs and an.868 OPS in 68 games. These trades were undoubtedly painful, but they have once again made the Cubs a serious threat in the postseason, should they survive to see it. He is effective against both lefties and righties, with left-handed batters hitting.220 against him while right-handers are at.131.

The Dodgers, Astros and Nationals were also in the mix for Wilson, who owns a 2.68 ERA and 55:16 K:BB ratio with 13 saves and eight holds this season.

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