SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Padres have acquired right-handed reliever Carl Edwards Jr. from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for left-hander Brad Wieck.
Edwards, 27, has posted a 1-1 record with a 5.87 ERA (10 ER, 15.1 IP), .151 opponents average and 17 strikeouts in 20 games for the Cubs this season, as well as a 2-0 record and a 3.07 ERA (5 ER, 14.2 IP) in 14 appearances with triple-A Iowa. He posted a career-best 2.60 ERA (15 ER, 52.0 IP) in 58 games for Chicago in 2018 with an 11.60 SO/9.0 IP ratio (67 SO).
A 2016 World Series Champion with the Cubs, Edwards has gone 9-8 with two saves and a 3.30 career ERA (64 ER, 174.1 IP), 1.07 WHIP and 234 strikeouts (12.08 SO/9.0 IP) in 192 Major League appearances. Since making his MLB debut in 2015, he’s posted the second-lowest opponents average among all qualifying Major League relievers (.152), trailing only Milwaukee’s Josh Hader (.140). Edwards was originally selected by the Texas Rangers in the 48th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Mid-Carolina Prosperity High School (S.C.) and signed by current Padres’ Director of International Scouting, Chris Kemp, before being acquired by the Cubs in 2013 in the Matt Garza trade.