Dodgers trade for Cubs RP Chris Martin, report says

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The Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Chris Martin in a trade with the Cubs in exchange for utility player Zach McKinstry before Tuesday’s deadline, according to multiple reports.

ESPN’s Buster Olney first reported Martin’s involvement in the deal, while Athleticism patrick mooney shared that McKinstry would return to Chicago in the trade between National League clubs.

Martin, 36, made 34 appearances for the Cubs in his first season with the organization after spending previous portions of his career with the Rockies, Yankees, Rangers and Braves. In 31.1 innings in 2022, Martin posted a 4.31 ERA with 40 strikeouts and just four walks.

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Since June 17, the veteran reliever has been particularly sharp, racking up a 3.29 ERA in 14 outings, according to Olney.

McKinstry, a former 2016 draft pick, has made 74 appearances for the Dodgers over the past three seasons. He saw the most action in 21, batting .215 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs in 60 games played.

Saturday’s deal will come as the two teams continue to move in different directions this season. The Dodgers have an NL-best 67-32 record, while the Cubs sit 41-58 and well out of the playoff draw at the end of July.

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