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Cubs add Leonys Martin after failing to reel in Justin Verlander

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Cubs add Leonys Martin after failing to reel in Justin Verlander

The Cubs didn't acquire star pitcher Justin Verlander, but they did make a move before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline. 

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer traded for the Mariners' Leonys Martin, a 29-year-old outfielder who has played in 34 MLB games this season. In exchange, the Cubs will send Seattle a player to be named later: 

Martin struggled in the bigs this season, but he has put up a solid .307/.348/.494 slash line in Triple-A Tacoma. He's produced a .248/.300/.361 line in his seven pro seasons. 

The Cuban outfielder's problems at the plate come on the heels of his most powerful season. In 2016, he hit a career high 15 homers and 47 RBI for Seattle. Given that, he does give the Cubs more depth in the outfield. 

As for Verlander, CSN's David Kaplan reported earlier Thursday that the Cy Young winner was willing to waive his no-trade clause to come to the North Side of Chicago: 

But between the Cubs' thin list of prospects and the Tigers' asking price, a deal couldn't be struck. The pitcher is instead heading to Houston to join the Astros in their quest for the A.L. pennant: 

Albert Almora Jr. made a Gold Glove-type catch that would make Willie Mays proud

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Albert Almora Jr. made a Gold Glove-type catch that would make Willie Mays proud

Albert Almora Jr. has been hot with the bat as of late, but he reminded us on Saturday what makes him so valuable to the Cubs.

With the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the third, DJ LeMahieu smoked a shot to center field that would've cut the lead in half and extended the inning had it gotten to the wall.

Instead, Almora showed off his defensive abilities by making an extremely difficult over-the-shoulder grab look so easy, and somewhere Willie Mays tipped his cap.

That's a Gold Glove-type catch, and one to bookmark when reviewing the highlight reel as a whole at the end of the season.

Almora also recorded two of the team's six hits and scored a run, but it wasn't enough in a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado native David Bote gets chance to make MLB debut in home state after Cubs place Ben Zobrist on DL

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Colorado native David Bote gets chance to make MLB debut in home state after Cubs place Ben Zobrist on DL

Ahead of Saturday's game in Colorado, the Cubs placed Ben Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list with back tightness and called up David Bote, who is set to make his MLB debut in his native Colorado.

Zobrist missed the last three games and weather postponements mean he hasn't played since April 14. The 36-year-old is hitting .326 with a homer and seven RBIs. He was placed on the DL retroactive to April 18.

Zobrist's injury created an opening for a cool story for Bote. The 25-year-old was drafted by the Cubs in 2012 and hasn't exactly lit up the minors, but worked his way onto the 40-man roster after the 2017 season ended.

Bote is from Colorado and is in the lineup for Saturday's game at the Rockies. That means he will get to make his big league debut in his home state.

Bote was hitting .234 in Triple-A Iowa with a .511 slugging percentage.