With Brandon Morrow on the disabled list again, there was a blaring need for the Chicago Cubs to trade for a closer, which they did in the form of Brandon Kintzler from the Washington Nationals as reported by Ken Rosenthal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2018
Kintzler has been very hard to score off of this season, which fits in well with the current backend of the Cubs bullpen.
Cubs new pitcher Brandon Kintzler has allowed just 3 runs in his last thirteen outings .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) July 31, 2018
Early reports also suggest that the Cubs did not give up much to get him, just a single A pitcher named Jhon Romero.
Nats are getting Jhon Romero Single-A righty pitcher. For Kintzler.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) July 31, 2018
With Morrow’s status unknown, adding a pitcher like Kintzler is a huge upgrade, especially when (if) Morrow does indeed come back from the disabled list.
The back end of the bullpen was hard to score off of already, adding Kintzler pretty much makes things a five inning game. Which is a good thing since that’s all their starters seem to be able to go this year.