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Cubs acquire Yency Almonte and Michael Busch from Dodgers

The Cubs have a new reliever and an intriguing prospect.

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On the day when player arbitration figures are being finalized, the Cubs have reportedly made a trade:

Oh, and also:

Almonte is a 29-year-old righthanded reliever (turns 30 in June) who had a really good year in 2022 (1.02 ERA, 0.792 WHIP, 1.5 bWAR in 33 games), not so much in 2023 (5.06 ERA, 1.396 WHIP, -0.5 bWAR in 49 games). He did strike out a lot of guys in 2023 (49 in 48 innings). Here’s some video:

Here’s his pitch arsenal:

Statcast

Busch was the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2019 out of North Carolina. He hit .167/.247/.292 with two home runs in 27 games for the Dodgers in 2023, his first MLB season, after batting .323/.431/.618 with 27 home runs in 98 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He played both second base and third base for OKC.

We don’t have any info on the return the Cubs are sending to the Dodgers yet. When that is available I’ll update this article, but wanted to get this info to you now.

UPDATE: Here’s the return.

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Yency Almonte and Michael Busch for Zyhir Hope and Jackson Ferris...

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  • 46%
    Yay!
    (832 votes)
  • 17%
    Nay!
    (306 votes)
  • 36%
    Meh
    (645 votes)
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