Small bit of news but one that is potentially of interest to Cubs fans.
Red Sox announce they’ve DFA’d Drake Britton to make room for Ogando.
— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) January 31, 2015
Britton is a LHRP who has shown some promise, posting a 3.05 and 2.83 FIP the past two seasons, though that only amounts to 25 IP total, so small sample size disclaimers apply.
Still, Britton has good velo for a lefty, routinely hitting 92-94 mph (has topped out at 97) with solid control (2.83 walks per 9 IP), though he did struggle at AAA . He had Tommy John surgery recently and has struggled to find consistency. Britton also throws a hard slider and a change. If Britton has struggled at times, it is because he seems to nibble around sometimes rather than attacking hitters, as pitching coach Chris Bosio likes his pitchers to do.
The front office certainly knows him, having drafted him in the 23rd round of the 2007 draft.
The Red Sox made the move after signing RHP Alexi Ogando, a reliever the Cubs have shown some interest in in the past. Ogando, 31, is more of a risk these days because of some shoulder issues, however, and the Cubs do seem set with RH power relievers. don’t have the room for with their young, talented bullpen.
Might work out for the Cubs as Britton would appear to be a better fit for them. Might be worth a flyer, especially since he is just entering his prime at 25, though it would cost a roster spot and maybe even a player if the Red Sox try to work out a deal here. One hold up may be that Britton is out of options and the Cubs may not want to guarantee him a spot on the active roster.
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