Cubs acquire RHP Barret Loux from Texas
The Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Barret Loux and a player to be named later from the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham. Brigham was a member of Chicago’s 40-man roster while Loux does not need to be added to the 40-man roster.
Loux, 23, was named the 2012 Double-A Texas League Pitcher of the Year after going 14-1 with a 3.47 ERA (49 ER/127.0 IP) in 25 regular season starts with Frisco. He also helped his club advance to the Texas League Championship Series. The right-hander led the league in wins and finished sixth in ERA, striking out 100 batters and walking only 41 in 127.0 innings. He began the season with 10 wins in his first 10 starts through the end of May and was the starting pitcher for the North squad in the Texas League All-Star Game.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Loux was originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Texas A&M with the sixth overall pick of the 2010 Draft. He was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball and signed with the Rangers on Nov. 18, 2010. In two minor league seasons, Loux is 22-6 with a 3.62 ERA (95 ER/236.0 IP) in 46 professional starts.
Brigham, 24, was acquired by the Cubs from the Rangers on July 31 for catcher Geovany Soto. He was assigned to Double-A Tennessee but was limited to only two starts, going 0-2 with a 19.64 ERA, due to a right elbow strain that ended his season.