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Cubs acquire LHP Brothers from Rockies

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The Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers from the Rockies for minor league left-hander Wander Cabrera. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Brothers, who turns 28 next month, is 16-11 with 61 holds, 20 saves and a 3.42 ERA (92 ER/242.1 IP) in 286 major league relief appearances with Colorado covering the last five seasons. He has struck out 278 hitters in 242.1 innings, an average of 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings, while limiting opposing batters to a .243 average, including a .224 average to left-handed hitters. He has allowed only 21 home runs in his 242.1 innings. Brothers has finished three of his five seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA, while two of his campaigns have featured a sub-2.00 ERA.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Brothers broke into the big leagues with the Rockies in 2011 and posted 16 holds with a 2.88 ERA in 48 appearances during his rookie campaign before going 8-2 with a career-high 18 holds and a 3.86 ERA in a career-high 75 outings in 2012. Brothers spent time as Colorado’s closer in 2013 when he earned 19 saves with a 1.74 ERA in 72 appearances.

Brothers split the 2015 season between Colorado and Triple-A Albuquerque, going 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in his 17 big league relief appearances. He limited major league left-handed hitters to a .227 batting average.

The southpaw was originally selected by Colorado in the supplemental first round (34th overall pick) of the 2009 draft out of Lipscomb University. He is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Cabrera, 18, went 4-3 with a 2.34 ERA (11 ER/42.1 IP) in 14 appearances (seven starts) in his first professional season with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team.

 

Cubs acquire RHP Spencer Patton from Texas

The Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton from the Texas Rangers for minor league infielder Frandy Delarosa. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 33 players.

Patton, 27, broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2014 and went 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in nine big league relief appearances before splitting the 2015 campaign between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock. Patton went 2-0 with 11 saves and a 1.67 ERA in 26 Triple-A relief outings and went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 27 big league relief outings. Overall, Patton is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 36 major league relief outings over the last two years, averaging more than one strikeout per inning with 36 strikeouts in 33.1 frames.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Patton has gone 15-14 with 33 saves and a 3.49 ERA in 147 career minor league appearances, all but 12 in relief, covering five minor league campaigns. He has struck out 364 batters in 268.1 innings pitched, an average of 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Patton was named to the 2014 Pacific Coast League All-Star team.

Patton is a native of Urbana, Illinois, and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2011 draft out of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was acquired by Texas for right-hander Jason Frasor on July 16, 2014.

Delarosa, 19, batted .273 (70-for-256) with 20 doubles, two triples, no home runs and 30 RBI in 62 games for Short-Season A Eugene last season. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2012.

Cubs claim LHP Jack Leathersich from Mets

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The Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Jack Leathersich off waivers from the Mets. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 32 players.

Leathersich, 25, went 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA (3 ER/11.2 IP) in 17 relief appearances for the Mets last season, his first appearance at the major league level. He struck out 14 in 11.2 innings with 14 of his 17 appearances resulting in scoreless outings before requiring Tommy John ligament replacement surgery at the end of July.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound southpaw was originally selected by the Mets in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He is 9-9 with seven saves and a 3.55 ERA (83 ER/210.2 IP) in 160 relief appearances covering five seasons in the Mets minor league system.

Cubs agree to terms with RHP Andury Acevedo

The Cubs and right-handed pitcher Andury Acevedo have agreed to terms on a 2016 contract. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 31 players.

Acevedo, 25, spent the last four seasons pitching in the Yankees organization, reaching the Triple-A level for the first time last year, going 1-2 with one save and a 2.31 ERA (3 ER/11.2 IP) in 10 relief outings with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After starting 2015 with Single-A Tampa, Acevedo pitched at three levels in the Yankees, combining to go 3-4 with three saves and a 2.59 ERA (17 ER/59.0 IP) in 41 relief appearances. Acevedo earned Florida State League mid-season All-Star honors, posting a 1.40 ERA (3 ER/19.1 IP) in 13 relief appearances with Tampa.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Acevedo was originally signed by Pittsburgh as an infielder in 2007 before he converted to a relief pitcher upon signing with the Yankees in 2012. Overall, Acevedo is 8-8 with four saves and a 4.00 ERA (55 ER/123.2 IP) in 95 professional relief outings.

Acevedo is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Cubs claim former All-Star RHP Ryan Cook off waivers

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The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Ryan Cook off waivers from the Boston Red Sox Friday. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 30 players.

Cook, 28, is 13-12 with 17 saves and a 3.43 ERA (79 ER/207.0 IP) in 217 major league relief appearances in all or part of five major league campaigns with Arizona (2011), Oakland (2012-15) and Boston (2015). He has struck out 210 batters in 207.0 innings while walking 89 and allowing only 13 home runs. Cook has limited foes to a .217 batting average against and has held right-handed hitters to only a .190 batting average, .262 on-base percentage and .272 slugging percentage.

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Cook broke into the big leagues with Arizona in 2011 before being traded to Oakland that offseason. In his first full major league campaign, Cook made the 2012 American League All-Star team and went 6-2 with 14 saves and a 2.09 ERA in 71 outings with the Athletics. He followed that up by going 6-4 with two saves and a 2.54 in 71 appearances a year later. Cook was slowed by injuries in 2014 but still posted a 3.42 ERA in 54 big league outings.

He split most of the 2015 season between Oakland’s Triple-A Nashville and Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket affiliates, combining to go 4-1 with nine saves and a 3.16 ERA in 37 minor league outings. He made nine relief appearances in the majors between Oakland and Boston, going 0-2 with an 18.69 ERA.

A native of Clovis, California, Cook was selected by Arizona in the 27th round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Southern California.

Cubs announce NLDS roster vs. Cardinals

The Cubs have set their 25-man roster prior to their National League Divisional Series against the Cardinals. Right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel was added to the team from the NL Wild Card roster, while outfielder Quintin Berry was left off. The roster reads as follows:

PITCHERS (11)
28- Kyle Hendricks, RHP
33- Clayton Richard, LHP
34- Jon Lester, LHP
37- Travis Wood, LHP
39- Jason Hammel, RHP
46- Pedro Strop, RHP
49- Jake Arrieta, RHP
52- Justin Grimm, RHP
53- Trevor Cahill, RHP
56- Hector Rondon, RHP
57- Fernando Rodney, RHP

POSITION PLAYERS (14)
3- David Ross
8- Chris Coghlan
9- Javier Baez
11- Tommy La Stella
12- Kyle Schwarber
13- Starlin Castro
15- Chris Denorfia
17- Kris Bryant
22- Addison Russell
24- Dexter Fowler
27- Austin Jackson
44- Anthony Rizzo
47- Miguel Montero
68- Jorge Soler

Cubs name 10 pitchers, 15 position players to Wild Card roster

The Cubs have set their 25-man roster prior to their Wild Card game tonight at PNC Park against the Pirates. The roster reads as follows:

PITCHERS (10)
28- Kyle Hendricks, RHP
33- Clayton Richard, LHP
34- Jon Lester, LHP
37- Travis Wood, LHP
46- Pedro Strop, RHP
49- Jake Arrieta, RHP
52- Justin Grimm, RHP
53- Trevor Cahill, RHP
56- Hector Rondon, RHP
57- Fernando Rodney, RHP

POSITION PLAYERS (15)
3- David Ross
5- Quintin Berry
8- Chris Coghlan
9- Javier Baez
11- Tommy La Stella
12- Kyle Schwarber
13- Starlin Castro
15- Chris Denorfia
17- Kris Bryant
22- Addison Russell
24- Dexter Fowler
27- Austin Jackson
44- Anthony Rizzo
47- Miguel Montero
68- Jorge Soler

Cubs activate OF Jorge Soler

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The Cubs activated outfielder Jorge Soler off of the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. Soler will be available for the Cubs this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Soler, 23, was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 24 with a left oblique strain and saw action in four rehab games with Single-A Myrtle Beach as part of his return (3-for-13, .231, 2 2B, 3 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI). He is batting .265 with 18 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games with the Cubs this season.

Chicago’s active roster now stands at 35 players.

Cubs open the month with a flurry of roster moves

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Javier Baez returns to the Cubs lineup. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs Tuesday recalled infielder Javier Baez and left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa, activated catcher David Ross off the family medical emergency leave list and added outfielder Austin Jackson to the active roster.  Additionally, the Cubs have selected the contracts of outfielder Quintin Berry (postgame last night) and right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill (today) from Triple-A.

To make room for Berry and Cahill on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher James Russell was designated for assignment and right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano was  activated from the 15-day disabled list and designated for assignment. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40, and the active roster is at 30 players.

Berry will wear uniform No. 5, Cahill will wear uniform No. 53 and Jackson will wear uniform No. 27.

Baez, 22, batted .324 (91-for-281) with 14 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 61 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 70 games with Iowa this season. He turned in a .385 on-base percentage and .527 slugging percentage, good for a .912 OPS, and joins the Cubs riding a 16-game hitting streak. Baez made his major league debut last season and batted .169 with six doubles, nine homers and 20 RBI in 52 games. He was Chicago’s first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2011 Draft.

Berry, 30, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 24 after spending the entire season with Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate, where he batted .228 with a .329 on-base percentage and 35 steals in 106 games. He has spent parts of three major league seasons with Detroit (2012), Boston (2013) and Baltimore (2014), batting .266 with a .337 on-base percentage in 117 games, and is a perfect 25-for-25 in stolen base attempts in the regular season and a perfect 5-for-5 in the postseason.

Cahill, 27, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 18 and turned in five scoreless relief outings with Iowa, covering 7.2 innings. The right-hander broke into the big leagues with Oakland in 2009 and was an 18-game winner a season later, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 starts, earning AL All-Star honors along the way. Overall, Cahill won 10 or more games in four straight seasons (2009-12) and is 64-72 with one save and a 4.16 ERA in 201 major league outings (28 in relief) with Oakland (2009-11), Arizona (2012-14) and Atlanta (2015).

Jackson, 28, was acquired Monday from Seattle, where he batted .272 with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 107 games this season. Since making his major league debut with Detroit in 2010, Jackson has batted .273 with 163 doubles, 47 triples, 54 home runs and 286 RBI in 831 career games, all of which have come in center field.

Ross, 38, is batting .190 with one home run and seven RBI in 57 games with the Cubs this season. He owns a 2.73 catchers’ ERA in his 44 games (35 starts) behind the plate.

Wada, 34, returns to the Cubs after going 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in seven starts earlier this season. With Iowa, Wada went 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 starts. He made his big league debut with the Cubs last year and has combined to go 5-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 20 major league starts over the last two years.

Russell, 29, went 0-2 with one save and a 5.29 ERA in 49 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

Soriano, 35, went 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in six relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs acquire OF Austin Jackson from Seattle

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The Cubs today acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and a cash consideration from the Seattle Mariners for international signing bonus slot No. 4 and a player to be named. To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt has been designated for assignment.

Jackson, 28, has batted .272 (114-for-419) with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 107 games this season with Seattle, and has hit .394 with five doubles, two home runs and 10 runs scored in his last 18 games. The right-handed hitter owns a .294 average against lefties and a .261 mark against right-handed pitchers. Jackson ranks sixth in the American League with 4.18 pitches per plate appearance.

Since making his major league debut with Detroit in 2010, Jackson has batted .273 with 163 doubles, 47 triples, 54 home runs and 286 RBI in 831 career games, all of which have come in center field. Among American League outfielders since 2010, Jackson ranks first in triples (47), second in runs scored (512), third in hits (908), seventh in doubles (163) and ninth in walks (293). He has appeared in at least 120 games in his first five seasons in the majors and is on pace to reach that mark again in 2015.

The 6-foot, 1-inch, 203-pound Jackson was acquired by the Mariners from Detroit at the trade deadline last season, and appeared in a career-high 154 games between the two clubs. He batted .256 with 30 doubles and 20 steals, marking his third career season with 30 or more doubles and his third campaign with at least 20 steals.

Jackson made his debut in 2010 with Detroit and led all American League rookies with 103 runs scored, 181 hits, 48 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases. In 2012, he batted .300 in 137 games, setting career marks in RBI (66) and walks (67). Jackson appeared in 35 career postseason games with the Tigers, batting .233 with 10 extra-base hits across three playoff appearances from 2011-13.

A native of Denton, Texas, Jackson was originally selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2005 June draft. He spent his first five seasons in the Yankees organization, appearing at all three outfield positions, before being traded to the Tigers on Dec. 9, 2009, along with Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy for Curtis Granderson.

Olt, 27, appeared in six games with Chicago before he landed on the disabled list with a hairline fracture of his right wrist, suffered April 11 in Colorado. Olt was acquired from Texas on July 22, 2013, in the five-player deal that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers, and last season hit .160 with 12 home runs in 89 games for the Cubs.

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