DETROIT (WJBK) - The Detroit Tigers have traded pitcher Justin Wilson & catcher Alex Avila to the Chicago Cubs right before Monday's 4pm Major League Baseball trade deadline.
Wilson, 29, has 13 saves and a 3-4 record with a 2.68 ERA in 42 appearances this season. In two years in Detroit, the lefty reliever had a 3.55 ERA with 14 saves and a 7-9 record. Wilson replaced Francisco Rodriguez as the closer earlier this season. Wilson is on a one-year, 2.7 million dollar contract.
Avila, 30, and also General Manager Al Avila's son, is hitting .271 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in his second stint with the Tigers after signing a one-year, two million dollar deal last offseason. Avila has a career .242 batting average and 84 home runs.
The Tigers will receive infielders Jeimer Candelario & Isaac Paredes, plus a player to be named later or cash in the deal.
Candelario, 23, has played in 16 career MLB baseball games with a .136 batting average and one home run. The switch hitter has played in 11 games this season with five hits, three RBI and one home run. The right hander is currently in AAA Iowa and hitting .266 with 12 home runs & 52 RBI in 81 games. He also is getting on base at a .361 clip.
Paredes, 18, is playing for A South Bend and has a .261 batting average with seven home runs and 49 RBI in 91 games this season.
The Tigers (47-56) are currently ten games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League central.
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