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chicago cubs logo featureThe Chicago Cubs just keep picking up inexpensive, intriguing bullpen options.

In the last couple weeks, alone, the Cubs have added Ryan Cook, Andury Acevedo, Jack Leathersich, and Spencer Patton, and now you can add Rex Brothers.

Today, the Cubs traded lefty pitching prospect Wander Cabrera to the Rockies for Brothers, who was recently designated for assignment by the Rockies. That move was a surprise to many in the game, including Brothers, given that the 27-year-old lefty reliever has been, at times, quite excellent.

It hasn’t been a perfect road for Brothers, and we’ll get into that soon, but there’s a lot to like. The Rockies, it seems, never had an intention of tendering the arbitration-eligible Brothers a contract, so they DFA’d him at the rostering deadline last week, and decided to shop him.

Brothers projects to make about $1.5 million next year, and you can say he’s already got an inside track on a job in the Cubs’ pen if he comes to camp looking healthy and effective. There’s a lot to like about this move.

As for what the Cubs gave up, Cabrera is an 18-year-old lefty that the Cubs signed last year out of the Dominican Republic. His debut in the DSL was solid, though obviously there’s only so much you can take from that. He was not a huge bonus guy, for what it’s worth, though he did get $250,000, and pitching prospects tend to get less at that age because of the greater difficulty in projecting.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster is now up to 38. With some more movement there, you’re going to see the Cubs have to start moving some guys off the roster.

We’ll have a deeper look at Brothers soon.

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