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Cubs make minor trade, acquire pitcher Jharel Cotton from A’s

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Cubs make minor trade, acquire pitcher Jharel Cotton from A’s

The Cubs made a minor trade on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Jharel Cotton from the Oakland A’s for cash. Oakland designated him for assignment on Wednesday.

Cotton is a reclamation project, as he missed all of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in spring training. He returned this July, making 18 appearances (three starts) between Single-A and Triple-A for the A’s. In 27 2/3 innings, he posted a 7.16 ERA, striking out 33 batters while walking 12.

In his final six outings (one start; all with Triple-A), the 27-year-old posted a 3.24 ERA in 8 1/3 innings, striking out eight compared to four walks 

Cotton has 29 career big league appearances — all starts — 24 of which came in 2017. He relies on five pitches: a low-to-mid-90s four-seamer, an upper-80s slider, an upper-70s changeup, a low-90s sinker and an upper-70s curveball. He throws the former three most often.

The Cubs have made several low-risk, high-reward trades over the past year or so. Last November, they acquired reliever Rowan Wick from the Padres in a move that generated little headlines. But after working with the Cubs “pitch lab,” Wick ascended from an unknown Triple-A pitcher to one of the Cubs’ most-trusted relievers by season’s end.

Wick’s former roommate with the Padres, Brad Wieck, joined the Cubs in a 2019 trade deadline deal that sent Carl Edwards Jr. to San Diego. The focus was all on Edwards initially, but Wieck — like Wick — became a central figure in the Cubs’ bullpen down the stretch. He also worked with the pitch lab.

Acquiring Cotton is another low-risk, high-reward move. Not every player the Cubs obtain in low-key deals will be as successful as the Wi(e)cks. But if the move pans out, Cotton will offer the Cubs rotation depth, or possibly bullpen help, both of which they'll need to address this winter.

The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 37 players.

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Some crazy stats from the White Sox-Athletics 14-inning game

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Some crazy stats from the White Sox-Athletics 14-inning game

Wednesday's White Sox-A's game lasted five hours and 48 minutes. 

It went 14 innings and the White Sox lost by a 12-11 final score in Oakland.

A lot happened, and some of what happened seems like forever ago.

Remember how Carson Fulmer started the game? Or that Yoan Moncada hit a grand slam in the second inning? How about when the White Sox had an early five-run lead?

Like we said, a lot happened.

The South Siders didn't come out on top, but there were some wild stats our NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka compiled.

The good news? The White Sox have a day off on Thursday.

Check out the sweet throwback jerseys that the White Sox will wear Tuesday night

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Check out the sweet throwback jerseys that the White Sox will wear Tuesday night

The White Sox are going retro Tuesday night in Oakland Coliseum. 

With the A's celebrating 50 years of baseball in Oakland, the White Sox will don 1968 throwback uniforms to commemorate the anniversary. The A's will also wear throwback uniforms, and both are pretty sweet.

The throwback uniforms are only a small part of a larger celebration for Tuesday's game. Tickets for the game are completely free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Majority of the seats are general admission, excluding suites and the Diamond Level and Field Box sections.