Cubs most recent trades with every MLB team
Orioles: Cubs trade RP Edgar Olmos
Oddly enough, the Cubs claimed Olmos off waivers from the Mariners on Dec. 4, 2015, and Baltimore claimed him six days later. The Cubs claimed him again on Dec. 23 only to deal him to the Orioles on March 24, 2016 for a player to be named later.
Red Sox: Cubs acquire RP Travis Lakins
The Cubs’ most recent trade was with the Red Sox; Theo Epstein and Co. acquired Lakins on Jan. 21 for a player to be named later. The 25-year-old’s tenure was short-lived — the Orioles claimed him off waivers on Jan. 31.
The two clubs completed the deal on March 23, as the Cubs shipped Double-A catcher Jhonny Pereda up to Boston.
Yankees: Cubs acquire INF Ronald Torreyes
Torreyes’ Cubs tenure lasted all of two days. The Cubs acquired the infielder from the Yankees on Nov. 28, 2018 to potentially replace Tommy La Stella off the bench.
Two days later, Torreyes elected free agency, signing with the Twins six days after that. The Cubs gave up a player to be named later and cash to New York.
Rays: Cubs acquire SP Matt Garza
Coming off a 2010 fourth-place finish, the Cubs added Garza in an eight-player trade on Jan. 8, 2011. They included top prospect Chris Archer in the deal, only to miss the playoffs in each season of Garza’s Chicago tenure.
Garza was solid for the Cubs (3.45 ERA, 60 starts) before they traded him to the Rangers at the 2013 deadline. Archer emerged as the Rays’ ace, and the Cubs were connected to him in trade rumors multiple times in ensuing years.
Blue Jays: Cubs acquire RP David Phelps
The Cubs nabbed Phelps ahead of last season’s trade deadline, sending cash and 2016 third-round pick Thomas Hatch to Toronto. Phelps was serviceable out of the bullpen (3.18 ERA, 4.39 FIP) but departed in free agency last offseason.
Considering their struggles with developing homegrown starting pitching, Hatch’s 2.80 ERA in six Double-A starts post-trade makes you wonder what the Cubs gave up.
White Sox: Cubs acquire SP José Quintana
The most hotly debated trade on this list is a crosstown swap from July 2017. The Cubs sought a cost-controlled starter, adding Quintana — a 2016 All-Star — and his team-friendly contract for top prospects Eloy Jiménez and Dylan Cease, along with two other minor leaguers.
Quintana helped the Cubs get to the 2017 postseason but has been inconsistent the past two seasons. Jiménez hit 31 homers as a rookie last season, and while Cease struggled, the Cubs could use a promising young starter like him right about now.
Indians: Cubs trade OF Kosuke Fukudome
The Cubs cut ties with Fukudome in July 2011, three and a half uninspiring seasons into the four-year deal he signed ahead of 2008. Cleveland sent minor league outfielder Abner Abreu and reliever Carlton Smith in return, both of whom never appeared in a big league game for the North Siders.
Tigers: Cubs acquire OF Nick Castellanos
Castellanos was added at the 2019 deadline and quickly became a fan favorite last summer behind a torrid offensive showing. The right fielder hit .328/.356/.646 with 16 homers and 21 doubles in 51 games, though a late-season slide kept the Cubs out of the postseason.
The Cubs surrendered two pitching prospects for Castellanos, who signed with the rival Reds in January.
Royals: Cubs trade SP/RP Mike Montgomery
With Willson Contreras hitting the shelf with a foot strain, the Cubs acquired Maldonado, a defensive-minded catcher. Montgomery was struggling in a long relief role, and the trade gave him the opportunity to start in Kansas City.
Contreras returned on July 24, leading the Cubs to deal Maldonado at the July 31 trade deadline.
Twins: Cubs trade C Chris Gimenez
A classic third-string catcher trade! Gimenez started 2018 in Triple-A, eventually usurping Victor Caratini as Wilson Contreras’ backup behind the dish. The Cubs designated him for assignment on July 4, outrighted him to Iowa on July 6 and sent him to Minnesota on August 30.
Fun fact: Gimenez is now a game planning coach with the Dodgers, and Wilson is the Rangers’ Double-A manager.
Astros: Cubs acquire UTIL Tony Kemp
Back to the aforementioned Maldonado trade, the Cubs sent him to Houston for utility man Tony Kemp last July 31. Maldonado wasn’t getting much playing time behind Contreras and Caratini, and Kemp offered the Cubs a contact-oriented bat for a slugging lineup.
Kemp didn’t hit much with the Cubs (.183, .258 OBP) but was a valued member of the clubhouse.
Angels: Cubs trade INF Tommy La Stella
La Stella was the Cubs best pinch hitter, but he wasn’t getting a ton of at-bats behind the likes of Ben Zobrist, Javier Báez and Kris Bryant. The Cubs sent “3 a.m.” to SoCal on Nov. 29, 2018 in exchange for a player to be named later (minor league reliever Conor Lillis-White).
La Stella capitalized on the newfound playing time, hitting .295/.346/.486 with 16 homers in 80 games last season. He fractured his right tibia in July, consequently missing his first All-Star game. Lillis-White didn’t appear in any games last season.
A’s: Cubs trade UTIL Tony Kemp
The Cubs shipped Kemp to Oakland in January to clear out their second base logjam. In return, they received first baseman Alfonso Rivas, a 2018 fourth-round pick who hit .292/.387/.423 with nine homers, 26 doubles and 60 RBIs between High-A and Triple-A in 2019.
Mariners: Cubs acquire OF Leonys Martín
Shortly before 2017's (since-retired) Aug. 31 waiver deadline, the Cubs added Martín for his glove and baserunning, with the stretch run and postseason in mind. Late in September, a day after the Cubs clinched the division, he robbed Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong of a game-tying homer in the 11th inning, securing a win and eliminating St. Louis from postseason contention.
Rangers: Cubs trade SP/RP Drew Smyly
The Cubs signed Smyly to a two-year deal in the 2017-18 offseason when he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. He didn’t pitch in 2018, and the Cubs traded him to Texas that November to clear salary in order to pick up Cole Hamels’ $20 million option for 2019. In essence, the Cubs paid Smyly $3 million to rehab an injury.
Nationals: Cubs acquire 2B Daniel Murphy
With the offense scuffling, the Cubs acquired Murphy in a late-August 2018 waiver deal with the Nationals. Murphy hit .297 in 35 games, but the Cubs bowed out of the postseason in the wild-card round. He elected free agency after the season and signed a multi-year deal with the Rockies.
Washington received infield prospect Andruw Monasterio and a PTBNL/cash.
Braves: Cubs acquire INF Tommy La Stella
La Stella, acquired in November 2014, was a solid hitter off the bench for the Cubs, hitting .273 with a .356 OBP in four seasons. He memorably pondered retirement in 2016 when the Cubs, facing a roster crunch, demoted him to Triple-A. As mentioned, they dealt him to the Angels in November 2018.
For La Stella, Atlanta acquired reliever Arodys Vizcaino, whom they dealt to the Cubs in 2012 in the Paul Maholm/Reed Johnson trade. They traded him to the Mariners last May.
Marlins: Cubs acquire SP Dan Haren
The soft-tossing Haren rounded out the Cubs rotation in 2015, posting a 4.01 ERA in 11 starts after coming over at the trade deadline. He didn’t make any of the Cubs postseason rosters and retired after the NLCS.
Miami acquired starter Ivan Pineyro and infielder Elliot Soto in the deal. Both players have yet to appear in a big league game.
Phillies: Cubs trade Scott Eyre
You have to go all the way back to August 2008 to find the last time these two clubs made a deal. “Stevie Ire,” as nicknamed by then-manager Lou Piniella, fell out of favor in 2008, posting a 7.15 ERA with the Cubs. Post trade, he sported a 1.88 ERA (19 games) and was good for Philly in 2009 (1.50, 42 games).
The Cubs acquired reliever Brian Schlitter, an Oak Park native, and he appeared in 61 games for the 2014 Cubs. They designated him for assignment in August 2015.
Mets: Cubs trade OF Angel Pagan
Pagan didn’t do much with the Cubs from 2006-07, but he turned into a nice player with the Mets (2008-11) and Giants (2012-16). He hit .284 with a .337 OBP for New York and .281 with a .329 OBP for San Francisco.
Outfielder Corey Coles and reliever Ryan Meyers, the Cubs' return in the deal, both never made it to the show.
Brewers: Cubs acquire C Mark Johnson
You won’t be seeing many trades between these two anytime soon. In fact, their last move came in March 2005 when the Cubs acquired catcher Mark Johnson for outfielder Travis Ezi. Johnson spent all of 2005 in the minor leagues, returning to Milwaukee for 2006. Ezi last played minor league ball in 2006.
Cardinals: Cubs acquire INF John Nelson
The most recent trade between these longtime rivals was, quite frankly, a boring one. St. Louis sent infielder John Nelson to Chicago on the Fourth of July, 2007 in a conditional deal. He never played above Triple-A for the Cubs and left the organization after the season.
Pirates: Cubs acquire RP John Grabow
Remember Grabow? The Cubs acquired the situational lefty, plus starter Tom Gorzelanny, in July 2009 for what ultimately was a failed postseason push. Grabow was solid (3.24 ERA) but finished his Cubs tenure (through 2011) with a 5.02 ERA in 116 games.
Gorzelanny posted a 4.43 ERA from 2009-10 in 42 appearances (30 starts). Pittsburgh netted then-Cubs prospect Josh Harrison in the deal.
Reds: Cubs acquire SP/RP Travis Wood
One of Theo Epstein’s first moves in Chicago sent lefty reliever Sean Marshall to Cincinnati for Travis Wood and two others. Marshall posted sub-3 ERAs in 2010-12 but was out of baseball after 2014.
Wood made the All-Star team in 2013, posting a 3.11 ERA in 32 starts. He was largely a reliever by 2015 and was heavily relied upon by the 2016 championship club (77 games, 2.95 ERA). The Cubs opted not to re-sign him for 2017.
Diamondbacks: Cubs acquire C Miguel Montero
Montero was one of several significant additions the Cubs made in the 2014-15 offseason. The trade cost the Cubs starting pitcher Zack Godley, who’s had a modest amount of success (4.68 ERA) in five big league seasons.
Montero hit 27 homers across parts of three seasons on the North Side, plus a huge grand slam in Game 1 of the 2016 NLCS. Alas, his Cubs career ended when he called out Jake Arrieta in 2017 for not holding on baserunners.
Rockies: Cubs trade RP Zac Rosscup
The Cubs and Rockes swapped relievers in July 2017. Rosscup made 62 appearances with the Cubs from 2013-17 (5.32 ERA) and has since bounced around between the Dodgers, Mariners and Blue Jays.
The Cubs acquired reliever Matt Carasiti, releasing him in November 2017. They re-signed him to a minor league deal last January before releasing him in June.
Dodgers: Cubs acquire RP Casey Sadler
One of the more recent moves on this list came hours before the opening ceremonies of 2020 Cubs Convention. Sadler joined the Cubs two days after Los Angeles designated him for assignment. He’s in the mix for a spot in the 2020 bullpen, whenever the season resumes. The Dodgers received minor league infielder Clayton Daniel in return.
Padres: Cubs acquire RP Brad Wieck
The Cubs and Padres swapped relievers in need of fresh starts: Carl Edwards Jr. and Brad Wieck. Edwards had been demoted to the minor leagues on multiple occasions and struggled with command. Wieck posted a 6.57 ERA in 30 games with San Diego last season.
Post trade, Wieck found some success with his curveball (thanks to a trip to the Cubs pitch lab). He’s a favorite to claim a bullpen job this season; Edwards moved on to the Mariners in the offseason.
Giants: Cubs acquire Derek Holland
Another 2019 trade. The Cubs picked up Holland for cash last July, largely because he held a 0.84 ERA against lefties at the time. Overall, he was worse with the Cubs (6.89 ERA, 20 games) than he was with San Fran (5.90, 31 games). The lasting memory of Holland may be the walk-off grand slam he surrendered to Bryce Harper and the Phillies in August.