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Cubs reportedly closing in on trade for Brad Ziegler

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Brad Ziegler is expected to be traded prior to the non-waiver deadline on Tuesday, and the Chicago Cubs are said to be close to acquiring him.

MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports that the Cubs are close to a deal for the reliever.

Ziegler was an excellent reliever in the mid-to-early part of the decade, mostly with the Arizona Diamondbacks. But the 38-year-old had a 4.79 ERA last season for Miami and has a 3.98 ERA this year.

What must be attractive to the Cubs is that since some rocky outings early in the season, Ziegler has mostly been great. He has allowed just three runs in 29 innings since June.

The Cubs have been making additions to their entire pitching staff, adding Cole Hamels and Jesse Chavez in recent deals, and might not be done.

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