The Chicago Cubs have acquired second baseman Tommy La Stella from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino. The teams also threw in a few 2014-15 international bonus slots, with the Cubs getting the Braves' number four slot and the Braves getting the Cubs' second, third, and fourth slots. So the Cubs have another middle infielder to add to their already crowded mix.
La Stella, a local New York product, made his major league debut this year with the Braves in his age-25 season. In 360 plate appearances, he hit .251/.328/.317 with an 82 wRC+. In his minor league career, the left-handed hitter had a .407 on-base percentage.
Vizcaino, who turned 24 years old a few days ago, has thrown just 22.1 innings in the big leagues thus far in his career. Over that span, he has a 4.84 ERA and 4.08 FIP. In his minor league career, he has been a high-strikeout, low-walk pitcher, though he did not play for any minor league affiliates in 2012 and 2013. This is Vizcaino's second stint with the Braves, as he was sent to them along with Melky Cabrera from the Yankees in a trade following the 2009 season. And after the 2012 season, he was traded by the Braves to the Cubs.