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Cubs trade reliever Mychal Givens to Mets for pitching prospect

1 year agoTony Andracki

The cycle of relievers continued a few minutes before Tuesday’s trade deadline as the Cubs traded away Mychal Givens to the New York Mets in exchange for prospect Saúl González.

Givens, 32, marks the fourth different Cubs reliever who has been dealt this week, joining Chris Martin, Scott Effross and David Robertson.

He signed with the Cubs during Spring Training and locked down a high-leverage role in the bullpen with 2 saves and 6 holds.

“The Cubs have been first class with me and with the organization,” Givens said. “They’ve been doing a great job with their push of rebuilding and it’s been a great opportunity to play. It’s been a great opportunity to play for the Cubs fans.”

Givens had a 2.66 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 40.2 innings, striking out 51 batters. He has been on a roll lately, with 0 earned runs allowed in his last 16 appearances (17.1 innings) dating back to June 14.

González, 22, was the Mets’ 23rd-round pick in 2018. he is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 25.2 innings this season for Class-A St. Lucie.

The Cubs also made a series of roster moves after the trade deadline, including:

—Nick Madrigal was activated off the 10-day IL
—Pitchers Michael Rucker and Anderson Espinoza were recalled from Triple-A Iowa
—Steven Brault was placed on the COVID-19 related IL
—Pitcher Kervin Castro claimed off waivers from Giants

Madrigal, 25, has been out for the last six weeks with a groin injury. He is hitting .222 with a .513 OPS in 31 games during his first season with the Cubs.

Rucker (15 games) and Espinoza (3 games) have previously spent time in the Cubs bullpen this season and help backfill for the loss of Givens, Effross and Robertson from recent moves.

Castro, 23, made his MLB debut last September with the Giants and carries a 3.00 ERA in 12 career outings (15 innings). He was 0-4 with a 5.57 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 29 games for the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate this season. 

The Cubs optioned Castro to Triple-A Iowa.

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