The Cubs have acquired infielder Tommy La Stella and an international bonus slot from the Braves in exchange for right-hander Arodys Vizcaino and three international spots, according to a team announcement. Chicago will receive Atlanta's fourth international slot ($142K), with the Braves taking the Cubs' second ($458K), third ($309.3K) and fourth ($206.7K) spots, gaining Atlanta a net of $832K in international money.
La Stella, who turns 26 this offseason, joins a crowded middle infield mix for the Cubs after appearing in 93 games at second base for the Braves in 2014. The former eighth-round pick hit .251/.328/.317 with a home run and 31 RBI for the Braves, who are now likely to sign a stopgap second baseman for next season as prospect Jose Peraza develops.
Vizcaino, 24, returns to a Braves organization with whom be broke into the majors in 2011. The right-hander spent two and a half seasons in the Cubs' system after being acquired in the Paul Maholm trade at the trade deadline in 2012, spending most of the time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and making only five appearances in the major leagues. He was ranked as the seventh-best (after 2010) and second-best (after 2011) prospect in the Braves' system by Baseball America.