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June 28, 2020 08:40 PM
Cubs' Rex Brothers: Added to 60-man pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season.

Brothers was competing for a bullpen spot when spring training was suspended, and he'll now be among the 22 pitchers who will train at Wrigley Field in advance of the season. The veteran lefty last appeared in the majors in 2018 with Atlanta.

April 5, 2020 04:32 PM
Cubs' Rex Brothers: Fighting for bullpen spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers is in the mix for one of the Cubs' final bullpen spots when the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Brothers signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in January and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2018, so he's likely ticketed for Triple-A Iowa when play resumes. However, he has an outside shot of making the club if rosters are expanded as expected, as the Cubs and other MLB teams will likely aim to deepen their bullpens. Brothers is left-handed, which gives him a slightly elevated chance of making the team. Chicago currently has Kyle Ryan as the only healthy lefty in the bullpen, with Brad Wieck's status uncertain due to an abnormal heartbeat.

January 22, 2020 09:48 AM
Cubs' Rex Brothers: Signs with Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs earlier this month, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

Brothers was once viewed as a potential closer in waiting in the Rockies organization, but he's had a tough time merely sticking around in the majors the past few years. After making just one appearance out of the Atlanta bullpen in 2018, Brothers signed with the Yankees last offseason and spent the entire 2019 campaign in the minors. He'll likely be ticketed for a spot in the Triple-A Iowa bullpen once the Cubs conclude spring training.

December 17, 2018 05:52 PM
Yankees' Rex Brothers: Signs minors deal with Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers joined the Yankees on a minor-league deal Monday, Jon Heyman of reports.

Brothers has spent at least some time in the big leagues in seven of the last eight seasons, though his only appearance in 2018 saw him walk both batters he faced. The veteran southpaw struggled in the minors as well, recording a 7.24 ERA in 27.1 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett, walking 22.9 percent of the batters he faced. He's had success in the past, but it would take a sudden turnaround for him to make an impact at Yankee Stadium this season.

April 25, 2018 05:44 PM
Braves' Rex Brothers: Outrighted from 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers passed through waivers unclaimed and was dropped from the Braves' 40-man roster.

Brothers has only appeared in one game at the major-league level this season and will continue being utilized out of the bullpen with Triple-A Gwinnett moving forward. The Braves also announced that Josh Ravin and Lane Adams were outrighted to Gwinnett after clearing waivers.

March 31, 2018 10:48 PM
Braves' Rex Brothers: Sent to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Braves optioned Brothers to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, Mark Bowman of reports.

Brothers made an appearance in the Braves' Opening Day win over the Phillies, walking two batters on 12 pitches and not recording an out. The 30-year-old struggled similarly with a 7.23 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 23.2 innings for the Braves in 2017 and will likely have to illustrate better control at Gwinnett in order to make it back to the major-league roster.

November 30, 2017 07:40 PM
Braves' Rex Brothers: Comes to terms with Braves
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Braves on Thursday.

Brothers will return to Atlanta for a second season after avoiding salary arbitration with Thursday's non-guaranteed contract. The veteran reliever appeared in 27 games for the Braves last season, posting a 7.23 ERA (3.66 FIP) over 23.2 innings of work. As has been the case throughout his professional career, Brothers flashed impressive strikeout upside (31.4 percent K-rate), but continued to struggle with his command (11.4 percent walk rate). Barring any major mechanical adjustments, he'll likely be no more than a low-leverage relief arm for the Braves in 2018.

September 1, 2017 01:32 PM
Braves' Rex Brothers: Recalled from Gwinnett
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers was called up by the Braves on Friday,'s Mark Bowman reports.

Brothers looks to provide more depth to Atlanta's bullpen as the club brings up a wave of September call-ups prior to Friday's game against the Cubs. During 17 relief appearances with the big-league team this season, Brothers has posted an ugly 7.63 ERA, including six earned runs over his last three innings of action. He figures to see time during low-leverage situations moving forward.

August 22, 2017 08:08 AM
Braves' Rex Brothers: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

Brothers hasn't turned many heads since being summoned to the Braves at the end of June -- he's posted a weak 7.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 15.1 innings -- so he'll head back to the minors for some more seasoning before returning sometime after rosters expand in September. The move clears room for Dan Winkler (elbow), who was reinstated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move.

July 25, 2017 01:00 PM
Braves' Rex Brothers: Struggling since return to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers has allowed five runs and recorded eight strikeouts across 7.2 innings this season.

The 29-year-old has already allowed two home runs since being called up in late June, but he also has a win and two holds in his eight appearances. Brothers has been used primarily in low-leverage situations thus far, and he'll need to earn the trust of manager Brian Snitker if he's going to see higher-profile work.

June 30, 2017 11:40 AM
Braves' Rex Brothers: Unimpressive in Braves debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers gave up two hits and struck out one in an inning of relief during Thursday's loss to the Padres.

After Jaime Garcia walked the leadoff hitter in the seventh inning with the Braves already down 5-0, Brothers came in and allowed the inherited runner to score before fanning Cory Spangenberg to end the frame. Expect the former Rockie to continue working in low-leverage situations for now, but Brothers' career numbers against same-side pitching (.221/.335/.320 with a 28.9 percent K rate) could eventually allow him to supplant Ian Krol as the top lefty in Atlanta's bullpen if he proves himself.

June 30, 2017 01:32 PM
Braves' Rex Brothers: Joins Braves on Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers' contract was selected from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.

In a corresponding move, Atlanta designated Bartolo Colon for assignment. During four appearances with Gwinnett this season, Brothers has yet to give up a run and only allowed two hits while striking out four to maintain an WHIP of 0.49. This will be his first taste of the majors since coming in out of the bullpen on 17 occasions for the Rockies in 2015. Brothers is going to serve as depth for the Braves bullpen moving forward.

February 3, 2017 10:05 PM
Braves' Rex Brothers: Joins Braves on minor league deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The deal does not include an invitation to major league camp for spring training. Brothers, who saved 19 games for the Rockies in 2013, did not pitch at any level last season after being released by the Cubs in March. The lefty had a 1.74 ERA during his last run in the majors in 2015 (10.1 innings), but he also had a 1.65 WHIP and 5:8 K:BB over that stretch.

March 10, 2016 03:54 PM
Cubs' Rex Brothers: Released by Cubs on Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brothers was released by the Cubs on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of 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.

March 3, 2016 11:43 PM
Cubs' Rex Brothers: Strikes out two in spring opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 2, 2015 04:26 PM
Cubs' Rex Brothers: Signs deal to avoid arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 25, 2015 02:24 PM
Cubs' Rex Brothers: Traded to Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 20, 2015 07:23 PM
Rex Brothers: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 5, 2015 10:30 AM
Brothers pitched a scoreless eighth inning and recorded the win in relief Sunday against the Giants.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rockies reliever Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless eighth inning and recorded the win in relief Sunday against the Giants.

After an uneven year at Triple-A Albuquerque, Brothers seemed to right the ship when he rejoined the Rockies as a September call-up. In 14 appearances spanning 7 2/3 innings, Brothers gave up no runs on five hits and four walks.

The 27-year-old is probably a long shot to regain the closing role he formerly enjoyed in 2013, but his improvement down the stretch could allow him to claim a prominent bullpen spot in 2016.

July 24, 2015 07:20 PM
Rockies option RP Rex Brothers to Triple-A on Friday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Rockies left-handed reliever Rex Brothers was optioned to Triple-A Alburquerque on Friday. Brothers, who recorded 19 saves for the Rockies in 2013, made his 2015 season debut on July 11 after failing to make the team out of spring training.

The lefty struggled, posting a 6.75 ERA over three relief apperances. He'll try to get back on track with the Isotopes, with whom he has a 4.71 ERA in 32 games this season.

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2009ASX-Tri-City 10.0800200185103.601.500
2009AFX-Asheville 10.090000010363.600.900
2010AFA-Modesto Nuts 37.033000234319202.681.054
2010AA-Tulsa Drillers 23.024002142718143.911.391
2011AAA-Colorado Springs Sky 28.025003204515292.891.571
2012AAA-Colorado Springs Sky 5.140000113331.761.177
2015AAA-Albuquerque Isotopes 42.145005236144274.491.687
2017AAA-Gwinnett Braves 7.07000018142.570.714
2017AA-Mississippi Braves 9.2100000118572.941.304

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