At least Ryan Tepera won’t have to move.
In the latest trade deadline move to strike the Chicago Cubs bullpen, reports have Cubs right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera heading south to the Chicago White Sox. Tepera, in his second season with the Cubs, has had a wonderful 2021 campaign, with a 2.91 ERA, 2.78 FIP, and a staggering 0.785 WHIP over43.1 innings of work.
The Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a deal to acquire reliever Ryan Tepera from the Chicago Cubs, pending medicals, according to sources familiar with the situation.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 29, 2021
The White Sox, who have a firm hold on the AL Central division lead and are all but assured a trip to the postseason are looking to bolster their bullpen and adding Tepera certainly fits the bill.
There isn’t any word yet on what the return will be to the Cubs, but this is the second reliever they’ve traded away this week, with Andrew Chafin heading to the A’s only three days ago. Per reports, the Tepera deal is pending medical, but this post will be updated as soon as we know more about the return.
Update: The return for Tepera will be the White Sox number 23 prospect, Bailey Horn. Per a Cubs press release, Horn, who is 23, was just recently selected by the White Sox in the fifth round of the 2020 draft. In his first professional action at the Single-A level between Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, he is 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA (24 ER/38.1 IP) in 14 games (10 starts) and has struck out 45 batters, good for an average of 10.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, and walked 18.
Horn, so far in 2021, has held opponents this season to a .226/.315/.342 line, and has only allowed three home runs in 165 batters faced.