Brothers was released by the Cubs on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Brothers' short stint with the Cubs came to an end Thursday after the 28-year-old reliever failed to find much traction on the mound this spring. In three exhibition appearances this spring, Brothers allowed three earned runs and three walks while striking out four batters across 2.2 innings. He'll hit free agency with a chance to possibly latch on with another club this spring.
Brothers struck out two in one inning in the Cubs' spring opener Thursday. Brothers signed with the Cubs in December and should be a part of the bullpen this season.
Brothers signed a one-year, $1.42 million contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. He will receive a relatively modest raise in 2016 after spending most of 2015 with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate, posting a 4.46 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 45 appearances. The Cubs seem to think the control issues can be improved upon or overcome to a large extent -- he was able to do so earlier in his career -- but it's hard to imagine Brothers working his way into the back-end discussion with his new team.
Brothers was traded to the Cubs on Wednesday for Wander Cabrera. He spent most of the year at Triple-A, and walked more batters than he struck out in 10.1 innings with the Rockies, resulting in his designation for assignment last week. The Cubs will take Brothers on as a low-cost reclamation project, but unless the lefty is able to cut down significantly on the free passes, he will have a tough time earning and maintaining a role with the big club in 2016.
Brothers was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. After a 2013 season in which Brothers posted a 1.74 ERA and 10.2 K/9 over 72 appearances, many thought the lefty was the future closer in Colorado. However, a disappointing 2014 campaign (5.59 ERA) led to him spending most of 2015 in the minors. While Brothers enjoyed success after his return in September, his overall body of work -- he had a 4.46 ERA and 1.68 WHIP at Triple-A -- wasn't enough to convince the team he deserved a 40-man spot. He will now be subjected to waivers.
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