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Chicago Cubs Acquire Jesse Chavez in Trade With Rangers

Chavez has a 3.51 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season

The Chicago Cubs made their first move before the trade deadline later this month, acquiring pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers.

Chavez, who has a 3-1 record and a 3.51 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season, has struck out 50 batters in 56.1 innings for the Rangers. He is a versatile pitcher, with experience both as a starter and as a reliever, and gives the Cubs insurance in their bullpen, which has been hammered by injuries this season.

Chavez is expected to join the Cubs on Saturday, but a corresponding roster move has not been made to put him on the active roster.

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In exchange, the Cubs sent left-handed pitcher Tyler Thomas to the Rangers. Thomas, who was playing in Single-A, was a seventh round pick of the Cubs in the 2017 MLB Draft, and had a 2.88 ERA in 15 appearances in South Bend this season.

According to the Cubs, their 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.  

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