Blue Jays trade reliever David Phelps to Cubs for pitching prospect


Toronto Blue Jays' David Phelps pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth of AL baseball game action on Friday June 28, 2019 in Toronto. (Jon Blacker / CP)

KANSAS CITY – The Toronto Blue Jays continued to stockpile arms for their farm system, agreeing to trade reliever David Phelps to the Chicago Cubs for minor-league right-hander Thomas Hatch, according to an industry source.

The deal is the third one ahead of Wednesday’s trade deadline, with the 24-year-old Hatch, a third-round pick in 2016, becoming the fifth pitcher added to the system in two days.

Hatch had been pitching at double-A Tennessee, where he’s struck out 93 batters against 37 walks in 100 innings over 21 starts.

The trade opens up a 25-man roster spot likely to be filled by Sean Reid-Foley, who will start Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals.


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