The Chicago Cubs announced that they have made a trade with the Texas Rangers that sends pitcher Spencer Patton to Chicago and infielder Frandy De La Rosa to Texas.
It is a very minor trade, but it will help the bullpen for the Cubs in the minors and it will bring power to the lineup of the Rangers affiliates.
Patton is the third pitcher that the Cubs have added this week. They also claimed Jack Leathersich off waivers from the New York Mets and signed Andury Acevedo, who has spent the past few years with the New York Yankees.
De La Rosa is apart of the second trade the Rangers have made this week. On November 16th, the Rangers traded center fielder Leonys Martin and pitcher Anthony Bass to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen, center fielder James Jones and a player to be named later. Even though they have traded a few good players, they are stacking up with youth that will be able to develop in the minors.
Patton was a 24th round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2011. Then the Rangers acquired him in 2014 from the Royals in exchange for Jason Frasor. He has only appeared in 36 games with the Rangers between 2014 and 2015, all as a reliever. He also has appeared in 26 games for Triple-A Round Rock Express in 2014 and recorded 11 saves for the Express. In 2015, Patton's record was 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 27 games.
De La Rosa, a switch-hitting second baseman, was a rookie free-agent before the Cubs signed him on March 3rd, 2013. He played for the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Cubs in 2013 and 2014 before he began his minor league career in 2015 with the Cubs Class-A Eugene Emeralds. He batted .273 (70-for-256) with 30 RBIs in 62 games last year. He has never been above Class-A in his career, but he is only 19 years of age and has a great future in front of him.