Cubs fans will have at least two reasons to keep tabs on the American League postseason race the next two months.
Specifically, the AL East race.
The Red Sox have acquired former Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber from the Nationals, Boston announced Thursday night.
The move comes only hours after the Cubs traded Anthony Rizzo, Schwarber's former teammate in Chicago and fellow 2016 World Series champion, to the Yankees.
Schwarber is currently on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. But he's had a productive season with Washington, after signing with the Nationals following the Cubs' move to non-tender him last December.
Schwarber made his first career All-Star team earlier this month. He's hit 25 home runs in 72 games, including a staggering 16 in the month of June.
Boston had been linked to Rizzo and the Yankees to Schwarber this week. Instead, they acquired the opposite former Cubs sluggers.
The two clubs next square off Aug. 17 and 18 at Yankee Stadium, notorious for its short porch in right field favorable for lefties like Schwarber and Rizzo.
Mark your calendars.