The Cubs have acquired left-handed reliever Josh Osich from the Red Sox for a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first suggested Osich would likely end up as a Cub.
This is the second lefty pickup of the day for Chicago’s bullpen, which previously grabbed Andrew Chafin from the Diamondbacks. Osich, whom the Red Sox claimed from the White Sox last fall, has posted 11.87 K/9, 2.87 BB/9 and a 50 percent groundball rate over 15 2/3 innings this season, but he has still struggled to prevent runs despite those impressive figures. The 31-year-old owns a 5.74 ERA and has seen his average fastball velocity drop from the 94-95 mph range to 92.4.
In 2019, Osich was one of the game’s more effective relievers against left-handed hitters. Among those with at least 100 left-handed batters faced, Osich allowed a .229 wOBA, punching out 30 against four walks. That success hasn’t continued in the brief 2020 sample, as Osich has allowed homers to lefty batters Chance Sisco and Michael Conforto.