Blue Jays deal Phelps to Cubs, get Hatch

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

CHICAGO — The Cubs added bullpen depth by ac­quir­ing right-han­der David Phelps from Toronto for mi­nor league righty Thomas Hatch.

As part of the trade an­nounced Tues­day, the Blue Jays agreed to send cash to Chicago to off­set some of Phelps’ con­tract, which in­cludes a $2.5 mil­lion base salary for this year, a

$1 mil­lion club op­tion for 2020 and nu­mer­ous per­for­mance bonuses.

Phelps will cost Chicago a max­i­mum of $1.25 mil­lion. The Cubs are re­spon­si­ble for the $819,892 re­main­ing of his 2019 salary and the first $430,108 of the per­for­mance bonuses Phelps earns.

The 32-year-old tore the ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his pitch­ing el­bow on March 17, 2017, dur­ing his fi­nal pitch in a spring train­ing out­ing against the Los An­ge­les An­gels, had surgery March 26 and did not re­turn to the ma­jor leagues un­til this June 17. He had a 3.63 ERA in 17 re­lief ap­pear­ances with the Blue Jays, go­ing 0 for 2 in save chances.

He is 30-33 with a 3.88 ERA over 245 games in seven sea­sons with the New York Yan­kees (2012-14), Mi­ami (2015-17), Seat­tle (2017) and Toronto.

To open a 40-man ros­ter spot for Phelps, the Cubs moved left-han­der Xavier Ce­deno to the 60-day injured list.

Phelps is the third player in three days traded by the re­build­ing Blue Jays af­ter right-han­der Mar­cus Stro­man was sent to the New York Mets and util­i­ty­man Eric Sog­ard to Tampa Bay.

Hatch, 24, was 4-10 with a 4.59 ERA this sea­son at Dou­ble-A Ten­nessee. Se­lected by Chicago on the third round of the 2016 am­a­teur draft with the 104th pick, Hatch signed for a $573,900 bonus. He is 17-27 with a 4.10 ERA in 73 starts over three mi­nor league sea­sons.

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