In the wake of a 6-0 loss at the St. Louis Cardinals (55-48) on Aug. 2, the Chicago Cubs (41-61) did not trade catcher Willson Contreras or outfielder Ian Happ, WGN-TV noted.
Both were listed in the lineup for the team's game with the Cardinals around 3 p.m. and each will remain with the club for the rest of this season. Contreras will be finishing the final year of his contract in 2022 while Happ will have one more arbitration season in 2023 on his deal.
"I feel like there was a lot of weight off my shoulders," said Contreras, according to MLB.com . "Today was a long day. I was really anxious to see what was going to happen."
Signed as an international free agent in 2009, Contreras helped the Cubs to their first World Series championship in 108 years, in 2016. Drafted by the Cubs with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft out of Cincinnati, Happ made his debut with the team in 2017 and helped them to a second-straight National League Central Division title.
As for the Cardinals, the Cubs will meet them again Wed., Aug. 3.
The Chicago White Sox (52-51) had a better day than the Cubs on the field, beating the Kansas City Royals (41-63) 9-2 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Eloy Jimenez set season highs with three hits and four RBI, while Jose Abreu homered, per ESPN.
The White Sox made no major moves before the trade deadline and will bank on improvement from within as they try to overtake Minnesota and Cleveland to win their second straight AL Central championship. Chicago's only move was acquiring left-handed reliever Jake Diekman from Boston on Aug. 1.
The teams will conclude their series on Wed., Aug. 3.
In WNBA action, the Chicago Sky (23-8) lost to the Dallas Wings (14-16) 84-78 at Wintrust Arena on Aug. 2 as the visitors held off a Sky comeback.
The Sky's Allie Quigley reached 500 career three-pointers during the second quarter. Kahleah Copper led the team with 19 points; in the process, she recorded her second consecutive double-double (also having 11 rebounds) and her fourth of the season.
The Sky will play the Washington Mystics on Friday, Aug. 5, in Chicago. The tipoff is at Wintrust Arena at 7 p.m. CT and will be air on NBA TV, Marquee Sports Network, Monumental Sports Network and NBA TV Canada.