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Cubs trade for Chavez after Morrow goes on DL

The Chicago Cubs added to their depleted bullpen on Thursday night, acquiring Texas Rangers right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez in exchange for minor league lefty Tyler Thomas.


Both teams announced the move shortly after the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 to open the second half of the season.


The move also comes the same day the Cubs placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list with biceps inflammation in his throwing arm.


Chavez, who turns 35 next month, is 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA in 56 1/3 innings pitched over 30 relief appearances for the Rangers this season, his first in Texas. His innings pitched rank third among all American League relievers this season.


In 383 career appearances (70 starts), Chavez is 36-52 with a 4.61 ERA. He has only three career saves but has finished 116 games in his career. The Cubs will be his ninth major league club.


Thomas, 22, has a 3-5 record with a 2.88 ERA, 81 strikeouts and 14 walks in 15 games (14 starts) with Class-A South Bend this season. Over his last five starts with the South Bend Cubs, Thomas posted a 3.16 ERA with 35 strikeouts and just three walks. The Rangers assigned Thomas Class-A Hickory in the South Atlantic League.


Chicago took Thomas in the seventh round of the 2017 draft.


The Cubs have made a flurry of moves over the past few days by activating right-hander Anthony Bass off the disabled list, activating right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. from the paternity list, reinstating outfielder Albert Almora Jr. from the family emergency list and optioning infielder David Bote and left-hander Rob Zastryzny to Triple-A Iowa.