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Cubs Acquire Conor Lillis-White From Angels to Complete La Stella Trade

Lillis-White struck out 98 batters in minor league action last season

The Chicago Cubs completed their trade of Tommy La Stella to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, acquiring minor league relief pitcher Conor Lillis-White.

Lillis-White, a 26-year-old originally drafted by the Angels in the 2015 MLB Draft, split time between AA and Triple-A this season, posting a 3.50 ERA in 46 relief appearances between Mobile and Salt Lake City.

The Cubs are hoping that Lillis-White can compete for a job in their bullpen at spring training, as the lefty has a great strikeout rate, fanning 98 total batters in 72 innings of work last season at the minor league level.

In fact, the hurler has posted a strikeouts-per-nine rate of 10.9 or better in each of his four minor league seasons, and could be a potential dark horse candidate for a roster spot.

The move completes the November swap that sent La Stella to the Angels. The Cubs are likely still looking for backup infielders after letting go of Ronald Torreyes and Mike Freeman at the start of free agency.

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