The Cubs are discussing a trade with the Angels for reliever Joe Smith, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Cubs are considering other possibilities as well, according to Rosenthal. As you can see on our Cubs depth chart page, Theo Epstein and company have already augmented their bullpen with the acquisitions of Aroldis Chapman and Mike Montgomery, as well as the activation of veteran Joe Nathan.
In addition to the Cubs, the Angels are talking about Smith with two other teams, according to Rosenthal. He has previously been linked to the Mets, Indians, Mariners, and Cardinals. The 32-year-old righty has been OK this year, with a 3.82 ERA, 6.0 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 0.96 HR/9, and 54.8% groundball rate in 37 2/3 innings. Smith has about $1.8MM remaining on his contract, after which he’ll be eligible for free agency.