Update #2 (6:43 PM EDT): Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Mariners will send pitcher Jordan Pries to the Cubs.
Update (5:54 PM EDT): More players are involved in the deal. Rosenthal reports that the Cubs will also receive a Triple-A pitcher from the Mariners, and the Mariners will receive Double-A pitcher Paul Blackburn.
ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian reported on Wednesday evening that the Cubs and Mariners had a trade in the works. Buster Olney linked Mariners pitcher Mike Montgomery to the deal. Then Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach is also involved. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirmed the trade.
Montgomery, 27, made two starts recently but has otherwise operated out of the Mariners’ bullpen. Overall, he has a 2.34 ERA with a 54/18 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings. Moving to the bullpen has added about 3 MPH to Montgomery’s fastball, as he averaged 91 MPH last year and has sat 94-95 this season. He’ll be a big upgrade to the Cubs’ bullpen and the club will have control of him through 2021.
Vogelbach, 23, is rated as the Cubs’ 20th-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline. The Cubs took him in the second round of the 2011 draft. This year, in his first year at Triple-A Iowa, Vogelbach has hit quite well. He has a .318/.425/.548 triple-slash line with 16 home runs and 64 RBI in 365 plate appearances.
Important Update: Carroll apparently put together this hilarious video advertising his endorsement services. Tip of the cap to Sung Min Kim of River Ave Blues for tweeting about it.
The Rangers have acquired pitcher Scott Carroll in exchange for cash considerations, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. He’ll report to Double-A Frisco.
Carroll, 31, has spent most of the season with Triple-A Charlotte. He has a lackluster 5.55 ERA with a 31/25 K/BB ratio in 60 innings. The right-hander also has a career 4.60 ERA in 168 1/3 innings at the big league level.
Carroll has just over a year of service time, putting him on track to become eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2018.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday that the Giants are “blanketing” the reliever market. He adds that the club has a scout in Philadelphia, looking at relievers Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez.
Gomez, 28, has done a great job as the Phillies’ closer. He has 25 saves in 28 opportunities with a 2.82 ERA and a 29/11 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings. The Giants’ scout, however, likely saw Gomez blow a 2-0 lead on Monday night. The right-hander is earning $1.4 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration for the third and final time after the season.
Hernandez, 31, has been inconsistent, posting a 4.43 ERA with a 56/20 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings. He’s earning $3.9 million and will be eligible for free agency after the season.
Crasnick adds that the Giants are also scouting the Brewers’ Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress, and are lingering on the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.