#Cubs acquire LHP Brothers

The Cubs continued to stockpile arms, adding lefty Rex Brothers from the Rockies for Minor League left-hander Wander Cabrera. With the addition, the Cubs’ 40-man roster now is at 38.

Brothers, who turns 28 on Dec. 18, split the 2015 season between the Rockies and Triple-A Albuquerque, going 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 17 big league relief appearances. He held Major League left-handed hitters to a .227 batting average. He was the Rockies closer in 2013, totaling 19 saves and a 1.74 ERA in 72 appearances.

Cabrera, 18, was 4-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 14 appearances (seven starts) in his first professional season with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team.

Brothers, who is arbitration eliglble, was designated for assignment last week by the Rockies as they needed to open spots on their 40-man roster.

He is the fourth pitcher the Cubs have acquired in the last few weeks. Last Friday, the Cubs acquired pitcher Spencer Patton from the Rangers for 19-year-old Minor League infielder Frandy DelaRosa. Chicago also claimed lefty Jack Leathersich off waivers from the Mets and signed right-handed pitcher Andury Acevedo to a contract. Acevedo, 25, had spent the last four seasons pitching in the Yankees organization.


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Aloha folks, could a trade be on the horizon?! Happy Thanksgiving! Mahalo!

So much for Zimmermann. Tigers apparently made a deal with him this morning.

Aloha a.j. yes Zimmerman is gone. I still think the FO can pull off a trade for a quality starter like Sonny Gray of the A’s then you have a trio of Arrieta-Lester-Gray and Hendricks can be either #4 or 5 starter. From within the organizaton possibly a Grimm or if they bring back Cahill could compete for a spot. I do not think the organizaton needs necessarily to get a FA starter and one that cost them a draft pick which the Shark and Zimmerman would. Take care now. Mahalo!

Aloha again aj: just noticed that my second and longer post to your original comment shows up first but should be after the shorter one where I said I hope the FO could pull off a Gray trade. My father said to me it is all right to dream but of course reality sets in and he thought about Shields and a reunion with Maddon and how that could play out. Again, take. Mahalo!

Aloha a.j.- I was just talking with my father who was a ball player himself, collegiate coach and he just does not think the A’s would want to “give” away Gray right now because they have control over him for another 4+yrs. I know the Cubs would probably have to give away a lot to get him. One person my father brought up that could be interesting in a trade with the Padres would be for Shields. In the past I and other members here have been 50-50 on him. But as my father brought up, his contract is cheaper than going out and getting Price-Greinke-Zimmerman-Shark because only so many years are left on it with an option. He gives a team 200+ innings and something else that I have brought up recently is the art of holding runners on base. One reason why I like Gray so much. Lester has a real problem in this area and Ross of the Padres who I also thought about as a possible starter has an issue with runners on base too. So, it would not be a good compliment for Lester to have Ross but Shields is very good in this department, only 15 stolen bases on him while 8 where caught as opposed to Lester’s 44/11 and Tyson Ross at 37/13. The other plus with Shields is that he played for Maddon so he knows his style and what is expected of him. Who knows, the Padres may do a straight up trade of Castro (or want some cash consideration) for Shields because the chatter here on the West Coast is that the Padres want to trim down their payroll and Castro’s cost is less than half of Shields annual salary. Here again, no loss of draft pick, short contract period, pitcher that gives you innings and can go late into games, checks runners. A veteran presence that could be valuable for this young team. And who knows, the A’s depending on where they are by next July if they still have Gray may consider a trade then if not now. Need to keep an eye on Fowler and the CF situation too and how that plays out. Take care now. Mahalo!

And it sounds like the Red Sox are going to spend every baked bean in Boston for Price!

Aloha White-san, I agree with you I think Boston is going to in head first and spend spend spend! I hope the Cubs do not get pulled into it! Mahalo!

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