The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired righty reliever Brad Boxberger from the Tampa Bay Ray for minor league righty Curtis Taylor.
Boxberger, 29, had a fine year as far as rate stats go, posting a 3.38 ERA (123 ERA+) with a 40/11 K/BB ratio in 29.1 innings this past year with Tampa Bay. He missed roughly half the season though, with various minor injuries. He is also arbitration-eligible and is likely due to a raise over his $1.6 million salary for next season. While that’s not a lot, it’s a lot for the Rays, so this trade is best viewed as a financial move more than a baseball move.
In return, the Rays get Taylor, who started 13 games in A-ball this past season, positing a 3.32 ERA and a K/BB ratio 63/28 in 62.1 innings. He was a fourth round pick of the Dbacks in the 2016 draft.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.