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Cubs Acquire Justin Wilson and Alex Avila From Tigers

With just hours until the MLB's non-waiver trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs have reportedly acquired left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers, the team announced Monday morning. 

In exchange, the Cubs traded Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and a player to be named for cash consideration. To open a spot on the roster, pitcher Dylan Floro was designated for assignment, the team said. 

The deal boosts the team's bullpen and backup catching situation.

Wilson, who turns 30 next month, is 3-4 with 13 saves and a 2.68 ERA in 42 relief appearances for the Tigers this season. Avila, 30, is batting .274 with 11 doubles, 11 homers and 32 RBI in 77 games with the Tigers this season.

With the non-waiver trade deadline looming Monday, the Cubs on Sunday increased their lead in the National League Central over the second-place Brewers to 2 1/2 games.

Victor Caratini hit his first career home run, a solo shot that broke a tie in the seventh and backed John Lackey's solid six-inning start to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.

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