Cubs acquire RHP Medina from Seattle for C Castillo
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The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on Tuesday. Medina will report to Triple-A Iowa.
Medina, 26, has posted a 2.82 ERA (43 ER/137.0 IP) in 141 appearances out of the Mariners bullpen in the last three seasons, turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves. He struck out 140 batters in 137.0 innings while limiting opponents to a .216 batting average, including a .228 mark versus right-handed hitters and a .198 mark versus left-handers. Medina has held opponents to a .325 on-base percentage and only a .321 slugging percentage, good for just a .646 opponents OPS.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he improved upon those numbers by going 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA in 66 relief outings while leading the Mariners and ranking 12th in the league in holds. This year, Medina has gone 1-0 with three holds, one save and a 3.00 ERA in 12 relief outings.
Medina is a native of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, and originally signed with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent in 2005.
Castillo, 28, departs the Cubs a career .252 hitter (254-for-1,006) with 29 home runs and 110 RBI in 310 games over six seasons (2010-15). He originally signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent in 2004. Castillo saw action in a career high 113 games in 2013, batting .274 with eight home runs and 32 RBI, before hitting .237 with 13 homers and 46 RBI in 110 games last season. Castillo batted .163 with two homers and five RBI in 24 games with the Cubs this season.