The Chicago Cubs have acquired 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith from the Los Angeles Angels for 20-year old righty starting pitcher Jesus Castillo.
Smith pitched in 38 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 1-4 with 6 saves, a 3.82 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has given up 36 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his first 37 2/3 innings this year for the Angels. Smith has now pitched in 623 games (0 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 40-27 with 29 saves, a 2.94 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Castillo pitched in 7 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He gave up 28 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his first 33 innings in the minors this year. Castillo pitched in 48 games (23 starts) in his five years in the minors for the Cubs and he was 6-11 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
This was a great pickup for the Cubs, as Smith will give opposing batters another look at the plate, as he throws sidearm.