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Cubs acquire Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from Tigers

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Update #2 (11:45 PM ET): The deal is final, per Lynn Henning. The Tigers will also receive shortstop Isaac Paredes as well as a player to be named later or cash.

Paredes, 18, is the Cubs’ No. 10 overall prospect. The Cubs signed him as an international free agent on July 31, 2015. This season, with Single-A South Bend, he hit .261/.341/.399 with seven home runs and 49 RBI in 380 plate appearances.

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Update (11:19 PM ET): Ken Rosenthal reports that, if the deal is completed, the Cubs will also receive catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers. The Tigers will receive Candelario and at least one other player.

Avila, 30, is having a career year, batting .271/.392/.472 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 263 plate appearances. He can become a free agent after the season.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring reliever Justin Wilson from the Tigers. Infielder Jeimer Candelario, the Cubs’ No.1  prospect according to MLB Pipeline, could be going to the Tigers in the deal, Heyman adds.

Wilson, 29, has posted a 2.68 ERA with a 55/16 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings out of the bullpen this season for the Tigers. He would give the Cubs another fearsome left-hander to work the late innings. Wilson will be eligible for arbitration for the third and final time going into the 2018 season.

Candelario, 23, made his major league debut in 2016, playing five games in the big leagues and has played another 11 this season. Overall, he has a .490 OPS in the majors. He’s spent most of his 2017 season with Triple-A Iowa, batting .266/.361/.507 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI in 330 plate appearances. The Cubs signed Candelario as an international free agent on October 2, 2010.

Umpire Cory Blaser made two atrocious calls in the top of the 11th inning

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The Astros walked off 3-2 winners in the bottom of the 11th inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Yankees. Carlos Correa struck the winning blow, sending a first-pitch fastball from J.A. Happ over the fence in right field at Minute Maid Park, ending nearly five hours of baseball on Sunday night.

Correa’s heroics were precipitated by two highly questionable calls by home plate umpire Cory Blaser in the top half of the 11th.

Astros reliever Joe Smith walked Edwin Encarnación with two outs, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to bring in Ryan Pressly. Pressly, however, served up a single to left field to Brett Gardner, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Hinch again came out to the mound, this time bringing Josh James to face power-hitting catcher Gary Sánchez.

James and Sánchez had an epic battle. Sánchez fell behind 0-2 on a couple of foul balls, proceeded to foul off five of the next six pitches. On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Sánchez appeared to swing and miss at an 87 MPH slider in the dirt for strike three and the final out of the inning. However, Blaser ruled that Sánchez tipped the ball, extending the at-bat. Replays showed clearly that Sánchez did not make contact at all with the pitch. James then threw a 99 MPH fastball several inches off the plate outside that Blaser called for strike three. Sánchez, who shouldn’t have seen a 10th pitch, was upset at what appeared to be a make-up call.

The rest, as they say, is history. One pitch later, the Astros evened up the ALCS at one game apiece. Obviously, Blaser’s mistakes in a way cancel each other out, and neither of them caused Happ to throw a poorly located fastball to Correa. It is postseason baseball, however, and umpires are as much under the microscope as the players and managers. Those were two particularly atrocious judgments by Blaser.