The Cubs acquired reliever Joe Smith from the Angels in exchange for minor-league pitcher Jesus Castillo, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Joel Sherman of The New York Post first reported Castillo was headed to Los Angeles in the deal.
Smith, 32, has had a decent year for the Angels, pitching to a 3.82 ERA and 4.62 FIP over 37.2 innings. He’s had a pair of inconsistent years since pitching to a 1.81 ERA in 2014.
Smith is still owed about $1.8 million but isn’t having as much success against right-handed hitters as he has over the course of his career.
Chicago prioritized improving its bullpen in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline and did so, acquiring Aroldis Chapman, Mike Montgomery, Joe Nathan and Smith before Monday afternoon.
Castillo, 20, was acquired by the Cubs in the deal that sent Tony Campana to Arizona in 2013. He pitched to a 3.27 ERA in seven starts for Chicago’s Low-A affiliate.