If you’ve been waiting around all week for the Cubs to make a deal or signing or something during the Winter Meetings, well, now the Meetings are over but the Cubs have apparently made a transaction:
Lillis-White was the Angels’ 32nd-round pick in the 2013 draft. Last year he posted a 3.50 ERA and 1.306 WHIP in 46 appearances covering 72 innings combined between Double-A and Triple-A in the Angels’ organization.
In those 72 innings, he struck out 98, and his overall K rate in the minor leagues is 11.9 per nine innings.
A lefthanded reliever who can throw hard is always useful. Sounds like a guy who will be on the Iowa Shuttle in 2019. There’s no official word from the Cubs on this deal yet, nor whether he’ll be added to the 40-man roster. Given that there are four open spaces and he’s got options remaining, I suspect he might. Also, Lillis-White has been very good against lefthanded hitters:
Sounds like a good pickup, possible situational lefty going forward, a good return for Tommy La Stella.
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