The Cubs have been attempting to add bullpen help on the cheap this week, claiming Tommy John patient Jack Leathersich off waivers from the Mets and then signing minor league free agent Andury Acevedo of the Yankees to a major league contract.
On Friday, they added righthander Spencer Patton from the Rangers for short-season infielder Frandy de la Rosa. The move adds bullpen inventory for the Cubs while clearing a 40-man spot for the Rangers.
Frandy de la Rosa, 2b
Dominican native de la Rosa signed for $700,000 in 2012 and is still growing into his rangy 6-foot-2 body. He has shown bat speed and present gap power, ranking second in the short-season Northwest League with 20 doubles. His youth shows with a lack of body control, hot and cold streaks at the plate and an unpolished plate approach. He has plus speed and decent hands but lacks the consistency to play shortstop, profiling as an offensive second baseman.
Spencer Patton, rhp
The Urbana, Ill., native, Patton, a 24th-round pick from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in 2011, was traded to the Rangers in 2014 while he was in Durham for the Triple-A all-star game, representing the Omaha Storm Chasers.
Patton throws a four-seamer that averages 93 mph and a slider at 83. One evaluator said Patton succeeds with deception over stuff and is just effective enough as a strike-thrower to perhaps be a useful middle reliever.
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