The Cubs have acquired lefty reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers for infielders Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes and a player to be named later or cash, as first reported by FanRag’s Jon Heyman and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal.
The trade is the second major deal of the month for the aggressive Cubs, who already sent prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease to the White Sox as part of a four-player package for lefty Jose Quintana. Chicago has opened up a 2.5-game lead on the Brewers in the NL Central after a sluggish start and is considered the favorite to win the division again this season.
Normally, that wouldn’t even be news; the All-Star Game is once again an exhibition and the game’s umpires are rarely even noticed. But the announcement comes less than a week after news broke that Hernandez filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against commissioner Rob Manfred, alleging that he has been passed over multiple times for the chance to work a World Series and has not been promoted from temporary to permanent crew chief.
For some, the appointment mixed with Hernandez’s well-documented on-field struggles may cause the first thought to be that the league allowing Hernandez to work a major event is an olive branch in the midst of an ongoing legal battle. One could argue that the decision looks like Major League Baseball is throwing Hernandez a bone, rewarding his 24 years of service with his third All-Star appointment.
Just a few minutes ago, Miguel Sano pummeled baseballs, and one of them hit the Fans Cheap Jerseys windows. Another one hit the home run obelisk. And people — most of them waiting Cheap Youth Football Jerseys for Stanton to fight Judge to the death — were so danged into it. The ooohs and ahhhhs were organic and pure.