CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs announced Wednesday they have acquired former Lipscomb Bison and left-handed reliever Rex Brothers from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for 18-year old Minor League lefty Wander Cabrera.
Brothers, who was designated for assignment last week by the Rockies, will be added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster immediately.
The 27-year old veteran compiled a 16-11 record and a 3.42 ERA in five seasons with Colorado. In that span, he has 278 strikeouts in 242.1 innings pitched, a 10.3 strikeout-per-nine-innings rate, and two sub-2.00 ERA campaigns. He has limited opponents to a .243 batting average against, including a .224 mark to left-handed hitters.
After recording 19 of his 20 career saves in 2013, Brothers looked like a potential stalwart in the Colorado bullpen and perhaps even the team’s future closer, but problems locating the ball led to unstable outings in each of the last two seasons.
His troubles on the mound in 2015 forced the Rockies to split Brothers’ time between Colorado and Triple-A Albuquerque, even with a 1.74 ERA in the majors.
Brothers is the third reliever the Cubs have added to their 40-man roster in the last few days as they attempt to fortify their bullpen.
He is arbitration eligible this winter, but if he can get back to his 2009 form, Brothers could potentially be controlled by the storied franchise through 2018.