The Tigers have traded Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs



The Tigers‘ summer clearance sale continued Sunday night as the team dealt closer Justin Wilson and free agent to be catcher Alex Avila to the Cubs for a pair of infield prospects, a player to be named later or cash according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press

The two named prospects are third baseman Jeimer Candelario and shortstop Isaac Paredes.

According to reports, Candelario is the Cubs’ top prospect and can play both corner infield positions. Meanwhile Paredes was Chicago’s 10th ranked prospect.

Candelario is just about ready for MLB action spending the season in Triple-A slashing at .260/.357/.491. The 23-year-old switch hitter was also the Cubs’ last remaining prospect within the top 100 of baseball ranking in at 92. Candelario’s stock rose after Chicago began dealing away prospects for MLB ready talent.

It’ll be interesting to see how he fits into the Tigers’ plans heading into next season. Perhaps this may signal the end Victor Martinez in a Tigers uniform if they go and buy him out. If that’s the case you can probably bet on Candelario taking third which will move Nick Castellanos across the diamond to first and Miguel Cabrera to DH.

Meanwhile, Paredes is about as raw as raw can get at 18-years-old. So far in A-ball this season, Paredes is slashing at .264/.343/.401 with an OPS of .744.

However Paredes’ asset looks to be his glove per Cubs infield coordinator Jose Flores and Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune

“For a kid who just turned 18, he’s one of our best shortstops in the minor leagues right now,” said Jose Flores, the Cubs’ infield coordinator. “He’s got the ability … to be a very smart infielder. You see him positioning himself according to counts and hitters’ tendencies during an at-bat. He makes adjustments that way. He doesn’t impress you with physical ability, but he’s there to make every play.

” His arm is very accurate from all angles. He doesn’t have problems making the routine play. We emphasize if you make the routine play, you have a chance to play in the big leagues, so just make sure you stay like that.”

After a lack of depth, the Tigers seemingly have filled some holes within their farms system when it comes to their shortcomings in the infield. So far the Tigers have only gotten infielders in return for J.D. Martinez, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila collectively.

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