Wilson, 29, was 3-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 42 games this season, and holding right-handers to a .131 batting average while lefties were hitting .220 against him. He gives the Cubs another late-innings setup pitcher, something manager Joe Maddon can always use.
“My biggest concern would be that the guy you’d really like to match up in the seventh or eighth [innings], you get on a roll, and then you start using these guys too much in a good way,” Maddon said this weekend in Milwaukee. “Depth is what you’re looking for, that high-leverage, late-inning guy who you’re really comfortable with so you can spread the work out more evenly.”
Wilson, who has 13 saves in 15 chances, is making $2.7 million this year and has one more year of arbitration left before he becomes a free agent. His addition would give the Cubs three lefties in the bullpen, joining Mike Montgomery and Brian Duensing. The Cubs’ bullpen ranks second in the National League with a 3.37 ERA.
The Cubs have been looking for an experienced catcher to back up Willson Contreras since parting ways with Miguel Montero in late June. The Cubs did promote rookie Victor Caratini, who hit his first Major League home run on Sunday in a 4-2 win over the Brewers. Avila, 30, was batting .271 in 76 games with the Tigers. He will be a free agent after this season.
“I think they’ll do whatever they think is best,” Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo said Sunday about the Cubs’ front office. “If you ask everyone in here, we’re really confident with our team to make a deep run. It’s something we can’t control. I think they’ll do what’s best for the organization short term and long term.”
The Cubs, who are a red-hot 13-3 start since the All-Star break, got a head start on their NL Central rivals by acquiring left-hander Jose Quintana from the White Sox on July 13, well before Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Candelario, 23, was batting .266 with 12 home runs and 27 doubles in 81 games at Triple-A Iowa. He took over the No. 1 spot on MLBPipeline.com’s list of top 30 prospects when the team dealt Eloy Jimenez to the White Sox for Quintana. Paredes, 18, was hitting .264 in 92 games at Class A South Bend, and ranked No. 10 on MLBPipeline.com’s list.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.