According to Carrie Muskat, the Cubs opened up a roster spot by dealing Jake Brigham back to the Texas Rangers in exchange for AA prospect RHP Barret Loux. Loux only has 2 years of professional baseball under his belt and does not need to be protected. The Cubs will also receive a player to be named later from the Rangers.
Loux had an outstanding season last year, going 14-1 with a 3.47 ERA (3.66 FIP). He showed solid control with just under 3 walks per 9 innings while striking out just over 7. He was ranked as the Rangers 20th best prospect going into the season but his stock has risen since then.
According to Baseball America,
He has an easy low 90s fastball that reaches 96, though it's somewhat straight. The development of Loux's secondary stuff will determine his future role. Some scouts see him as a mid-rotation starter while others project him as a middle reliever.
Loux was once a 6th pick overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks though he was considered more of a supplemental round talent. The pick was more about signability. Loux however, had some injury concerns and the D'Backs backed out of the deal, allowing Texas to sign him later as a free agent.
Brigham was acquired last trade deadline for C Geovany Soto
The Cubs also DFA'd Bryan LaHair and added RHP Trey McNutt, 3B Christian Villanueva, IF-OF Logan Watkins, and one surprise, RHP Robert Whitenack. The last name is encouraging because it probably means he is healthy and the Cubs feel he has a chance to regain his pre-injury form.
Nick Struck not being protected is the other big surprise.
The Cubs also waived RP Carlos Gutierrez, as I speculated would be a possibility in my earlier roster piece.
UPDATE: Gutierrez has cleared and has been assigned to AAA Iowa. Despite his good stuff and potential as an RP, it isn't surprising that another team isn't willing to use up a 40 man roster spot at this point.
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