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Reports: Cubs Are "Close" To Making Trade For All-Star Pitcher

A general view of Wrigley Field.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: A general view of Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs take on the Colorado Rockies on April 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Cubs have been rumored to be extremely interested in acquiring help for their bullpen as the MLB trade deadline approaches this afternoon and Chicago is reportedly on the verge of making a trade for a 2017 All-Star reliever.

The Nationals and Cubs, according to multiple reports, are reportedly "close" on a trade involving relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler.

Kintzler, an All-Star pitcher with the Twins in 2017, was traded to Washington last summer.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal first reported the news.

"#Cubs close to getting Brandon Kintzler from #Nationals, sources tell me and @sahadevsharma," he tweeted.

The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes confirmed the report. "The Nationals are close to trading Brandon Kintzler to the Cubs, according to a person familiar with the situation. Ken Rosenthal mentioned this a second ago," she tweeted.

Kintzler is a solid, veteran reliever that should provide a boost to a Cubs' bullpen in need of some help. This Cubs-Nationals trade should be confirmed at some point in the coming minutes.

More moves could be coming, too. The trade deadline is set for 4 p.m. E.T.

Update: The Cubs-Nationals trade involving Kintzler is official.