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Cubs Trade Junior Lake To Orioles For Tommy Hunter

Right as the deadline buzzer sounded (if there is such a thing), the Cubs made their second trade of the day.

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The Cubs, looking to solidify their bullpen, did so late Friday afternoon:

Hunter has been a solid reliever for the Orioles for the last three years. This year, he has posted a 3.63 ERA, but a 1.164 WHIP, in 39 appearances covering 44⅔ innings. As has been the case for most Cubs pitching acquisitions, they appear to be looking for guys who don't walk hitters. Hunter has issued just 11 walks this year. He is 29 years old.

Junior Lake was always an enigma with the Cubs. He possesses some power and some baserunning speed, but strikes out way too much, isn't a natural outfielder and doesn't seem to have great baseball instincts. On the other hand, he has hit .315/.404/.472 at Triple-A Iowa this year, so it appears this is a change-of-scenery deal for him. Also, since July 19 Lake was out of options, so couldn't be recalled without then going through waivers if the Cubs wanted to send him back to Iowa.

Welcome to the Cubs, Tommy Hunter. I suspect this means Ben Rowen will be optioned back to Iowa without appearing in a game for the Cubs. Hunter will take Lake's spot on the 40-man roster.