Chicago Cubs acquire reliever David Phelps from Blue Jays
The Chicago Cubs have acquired relief pitcher David Phelps in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. The Cubs sent pitching prospect Thomas Hatch to the Blue Jays in return.
Phelps has appeared in 16 games out of the bullpen while making one start this season, logging a 3.63 ERA while allowing 14 his and striking out 18 batters over 17.1 innings of work.
The 32-year-old was originally selected by the New York Yankees in the 14th round of the 2008 MLB Draft and made his big-league debut with the club in 2012, starting 11 games and making 33 appearances overall. During that time, he went 4-4 with a 3.34 ERA, surrendering 81 hits while fanning 96 hitters across 99.1 frames of action.
Phelps went on to spend the first three years of his career with the Yankees as a spot starter and long reliever before being traded to the Miami Marlins in December 2014.
He had a similar role during his first season with the Marlins, making 23 appearances and starting 19 games, going 4-8 with a 4.50 ERA. However, the following year, Phelps became a full-time reliever and broke out, pitching to the tune of a 2.28 ERA and giving up just 61 hits while racking up 114 strikeouts through 86.2 innings.
Phelps then split the 2017 campaign between Miami and the Seattle Mariners, with the Marlins sending him to the Mariners at the trade deadline. He was not as dominant as he was in 2016, but still solid, posting a 3.40 ERA and recording 62 punchouts across 55.2 frames.
The St. Louis native would proceed to miss the entire 2018 campaign as a result of Tommy John surgery.