CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs bolstered their lineup on Monday, reacquiring Jeimer Candelario in a trade with the Washington Nationals.
Candelario, one of the top bats on the market ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, is batting .258 with 16 homers and 53 RBIs in 99 games this season. He made his big league debut with the Cubs in 2016.
The Cubs got Candelario and cash from Washington for minor leaguers DJ Herz and Kevin Made. Herz, an eighth-round pick in the 2019 amateur draft, is 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 14 starts for Double-A Tennessee this season. Made, 20, hit .241 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 70 games for High-A South Bend.
It looked as if Chicago was going to be a seller at the trade deadline as late as July 17, when it lost 7-5 to Washington to drop to 43-50. But it responded with a 10-2 stretch to get back into the playoff race.