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Report: Mariners, Cubs agree on trade involving Mike Montgomery and Dan Vogelbach

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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.

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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.

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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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”