SAN FRANCISCO — The Chicago Cubs’ roster makeover is once more underway.
They made their first trade-deadline transfer Saturday, starting their sell-off by sending right-handed reliever Chris Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, they acquired 27-year-old infielder/outfielder Zach McKinstry.
Manager David Ross expects the left-hitting McKinstry to be part of the Cubs within the coming days. It would require a 26-man transfer to open a position-player spot, though a trade within the interim, particularly if it entails an outfielder, might resolve that.
Ross obtained a scouting report on McKinstry from Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts throughout a dialog Saturday morning. McKinstry can play the nook outfield spots and infield.
“It’s one other versatile piece,” Ross mentioned earlier than the Cubs confronted the San Francisco Giants on Saturday at Oracle Park. “There’s some matchups the place we have not been ready to maximize the splits of the opposing pitcher. So that’ll give us one other multifaceted participant that is received a ability set at plenty of totally different spots.
“Give him an opportunity to come right here and get some at-bats, and we’ll see the way it performs out.”
The Cubs recalled right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. to exchange Martin. Right-hander Michael Rucker additionally joined the group in San Francisco on the taxi squad.
Trading Martin kicks off a busy stretch for the Cubs main up to Tuesday’s 5 pm deadline. Ross wasn’t feeling on edge Saturday because the Cubs’ trade exercise formally received underway.
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“If one thing will get shut and I’ve received to take any person out — you guys know the way that each one performs out — however actually I’m centered on the mindset of the day-to-day and attempting to compete, win ballgames. There’s sufficient for me to fear about and my teaching employees every day we’re attempting to get higher, so I attempt to keep centered on that.
“It’s uncommon that I get outdoors of any type of winning-the-ballgame ideas. I believe the one time that is in my thoughts is checking the telephone earlier than or after a sport.”
Coming off a World Series title in Atlanta final season, Martin introduced the expertise and success the Cubs wished within the bullpen.
Martin was an vital a part of a reduction group that includes a mixture of youthful arms and veterans. A dependable reliever the final 5 seasons, Martin solidified himself as a late-inning choice for Ross. The Cubs bullpen was anticipated to be examined once more by the trade deadline after three of final season’s top-leverage arms have been traded.
McKinstry has predominantly performed at Triple A this season, the place he hit .335/.417/.487 with a .904 OPS over 223 plate appearances in 48 video games. McKinstry appeared in solely 10 video games with the Dodgers in 2022, going 1-for-11 with three walks and 4 strikeouts.
Martin, 36, had a 4.31 ERA and 98 ERA+ in 34 appearances. He had been scuffling the final three weeks, permitting 5 runs and 10 hits in 5 innings over 5 appearances, till he stepped up in Thursday’s loss to the Giants to maintain the sport shut.
“We’ve had a very good bullpen, and he is been a giant a part of that,” Ross mentioned. “Happy that he will get to go on and proceed to chase one other championship. His time right here was good.”