Red Sox Trade Josh Osich to Cubs Ahead of Deadline for Player to Be NamedAugust 31, 2020
The Chicago Cubs acquired Josh Osich from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later ahead of Monday's deadline.
The lefty reliever has posted a 5.74 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. MLB.com's Jordan Bastian noted Osich's ERA belies how effective he has been in certain situations:
MLB's three-batter minimum somewhat diluted the value of specialist relievers, but contending teams will still look to strengthen their bullpen in preparation for the postseason.
Cubs relievers are collectively 25th in FIP (5.10), per FanGraphs. Craig Kimbrel continues to go backward, and Chicago lacks the kind of lights-out, late-inning option that is almost a requirement for franchises with World Series ambitions.
Kimbrel was supposed to be that guy but has sported a 7.53 ERA since signing with Chicago last year.
Jeremy Jeffress has been effective in the closer role. However, his fastball is averaging a career-low 93.63 mph, per Brooks Baseball, and he has only eight strikeouts over 13.1 innings.
In lieu of landing a star closer prior to Monday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, strengthening the bullpen around the margins was a smart approach for Chicago.