CHICAGO — The Cubs added bullpen help Wednesday by acquiring left-hander Mike Montgomery from the Seattle Mariners for first baseman and designated hitter Dan Vogelbach.
Chicago also obtained right-handed prospect Jordan Pries in the deal. Right-hander Paul Blackburn also goes to Seattle.
The 27-year-old Montgomery has a 2.34 ERA in two starts and 30 relief appearances with the Mariners this season. The former first round pick of Kansas City was traded to Tampa Bay in the 2012 James Shields deal, when the Cubs’ Joe Maddon was managing Tampa Bay.
Maddon described Montgomery as “big left-hander with a very good arm.”
Cubs president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer was looking for a boost in the bullpen with Travis Wood and Clayton Richard the only healthy left-handers. The NL Central leading-Cubs are likely to seek more reinforcements as they aim for the club’s first World Series title since 1908.
“Every day they come down and talk to me postgame about what their thoughts are,” Maddon said after Wednesday’s 6-2 win over the New York Mets. “They’re obviously very good at piecing everything together. I just give my suggestions when asked. We’re working diligently every day, and Mike Montgomery is a nice fellow.”
Vogelbach, 23, was hitting .318 with 16 homers and 64 RBIs in 89 games for Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs selected Vogelbach in the second round of the 2011 amateur draft.
Pries, 26, had a 4.93 ERA in Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma this season. The 22-year-old Blackburn had a 3.17 ERA in 18 starts with Double-A Tennessee.