Cubs acquire LHP Rex Brothers from Colorado
The Chicago Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers from the Colorado Rockies for minor league lefthander 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 (13 ER/40.2 IP) in 48 appearances during his rookie campaign before going 8-2 with a career-high 18 holds and a 3.86 ERA (29 ER/67.2 IP) 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 (13 ER/67.1 IP) in 72 appearances.
Brothers split the 2015 season between Colorado and Triple-A Albuquerque, going 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA (2 ER/10.1 IP) 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 the Colorado Rockies in the supplemental first round (34th overall pick) of the 2009 Draft out of Lipscomb University. He is a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
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.