Apparently the Cubs just traded minor leaguer Jeimer Candelario to DET for reliver Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila. Let’s look at their careers so far.
Justin had a career year in 2013 so that’s his upside potential. At +5.5 he’s a solid acquisition and he is pitching well this season ranked #155. He’s still young and will be pitching for a future contract.
The Cubs needed help in catching and Avila can also play 1B which is a plus because that means Maddon can rest Rizzo every now and then. He’s a slightly below average hitter but that doesn’t matter if he can catch and we don’t have a model to evaluate that. He’s a veteran and has been in the league for 8+ years. The Cubs need some experience behind the plate and that takes pressure off Contreras who is having a very good year hitting.
The guy the Cubs gave up played for Iowa. Here are his stats so far this season.
He’s above average with a decent WinPct for Iowa. We don’t have data on his previous seasons in AA or A+. He had 36 plate appearances for the MLB Cubs but that isn’t enough to make any kind of evaluation. Trade seems good and even though the Cubs have a top tier relief staff, you can never have enough pitchers.