Photo: Jim Cowsert / USAT
Photo: Jim Cowsert / USAT

Cubs trade Carl Edwards Jr. for Padres LHP


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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Brad Wieck from the San Diego Padres for right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and international bonus money.

Wieck, 27, has appeared in 30 games as a reliever with the Padres this season, going 0-1 with eight holds and a 6.57 ERA (18 ER/24.2 IP). The southpaw struck out 31 batters while walking just nine in 24.2 major league innings. In 14 games with Triple-A El Paso this season, Wieck has gone 1-1 with two saves and a 6.11 ERA (12 ER/17.2 IP), striking out 34 batters and walking six.

The 6-foot-9 Wieck made his major league debut last season with San Diego, allowing just one run in 7.0 innings across five relief outings. He struck out 10 batters and did not walk a batter in his initial big league action. All told, he is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (19 ER/31.2 IP) in 35 major league relief outings covering the last two seasons.

Wieck was originally selected by the Mets in the seventh round of the 2014 draft out of Oklahoma City University. Since making his pro debut in 2014, he has gone 19-17 with a 3.16 ERA (110 ER/313.0 IP) in 179 minor league games, all but 23 as a reliever.

Edwards, 27, went 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA (10 ER/15.1 IP) in 20 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2015 and has gone 9-8 with two saves and a 3.30 ERA (64 ER/174.1 IP) in 192 big league relief outings.

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