Cubs add to the bullpen with acquisition of David Phelps from the Blue Jays

TORONTO, ON - JULY 03: David Phelps #35 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the first inning during a MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre on July 03, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – If someone was asked what part of the team the Cubs would try to address at the trade deadline, many would say the bullpen.

That’s where they started on Tuesday, completing a deal with Toronto to add another pitcher for the stretch run.

Left-handed pitcher David Phelps comes over to the Cubs in exchange for prospect for Thomas Hatch, with reliever Xavier Cedeno transferred to the 60-day IL to make room on the 40-man roster.

A former Notre Dame pitcher, Phelps is in his seventh MLB season that has included stops with the Yankees, Marlins, Mariners, and the Blue Jays. Before coming to Toronto, Phelps had Tommy John surgery after suffering a torn UCL that cost him the entire 2018 season.

So far this season with the Blue Jays, Phelps pitched 17.1 innings in 17 games, allowing seven earned runs (3.63 ERA) while striking out 18 batters compared to seven walks. In July, Phelps had allowed just one earned run in nine appearances before a rough outing against the Rays on July 28th in which he allowed two homers and three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.

For his career, Phelps has a .388 ERA in 245 appearances.

 

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