RP - Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs have acquired reliever Jose Cuas from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Nelson Velazquez.
The Cubs have turned into buyers at this year's deadline as Cuas joins former Nationals third baseman Jeimer Candelario as notable additions on Monday. Cuas, 29, has appeared in 45 games for the Royals this season, working to a 4.54 ERA and a 27.1% K% in that time. Velazquez, 24, posted a .241 average with three homers in just 32 plate appearances with the Cubs this season and hit .253 with 16 homers and seven stolen bases across 74 games at the Triple-A level.
Jose Cuas pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing no runs on no hits and no walks while striking out one to pick up the save in Kansas City’s 4-2 win against Chicago in Game 1 of Tuesday’s double header.
Jose Cuas was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on a Tuesday and the move paid off for Kansas City. The University of Maryland product entered Game 1 in the 9th inning with one-out and runners on first and second. He then proceeded to retire Josh Harrison via checked swing strikeout before inducing a groundout to first from Yasmani Grandal to end the game and picked up his first career save in the process. Cuas is 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings across 28 appearances this year.