#Cubs trade Coghlan for Brooks
The Cubs Thursday dealt outfielder Chris Coghlan to the Athletics for right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks.
Coghlan, 30, was projected as the fourth outfielder on the Cubs after batting .250 with 25 doubles, 16 homers and 41 RBIs in 148 games for the Cubs last season.
Brooks, 25, has pitched part of the last two seasons in the big leagues with the Royals (2014-15) and the A’s (2015) since being selected by the Royals in the ninth round of the 2011 Draft.
The Athletics acquired him last July as part of the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to the Royals. Brooks has gone 3-5 with an 8.38 ERA in 15 big league appearances, including 10 as a starter.
The right-hander combined to go 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 20 appearances, all but one as a starter, between Triple-A Omaha and Nashville last season. He struck out 103 batters and walked only 21 in 118.2 innings pitched, an average of 7.8 strikeouts and only 1.6 walks per nine innings. Brooks turned in a 4.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio.