Well this is excellent news, in my opinion:
RHP Aaron Brooks has been designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/qfe5BMWpAt
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 19, 2017
With Willson Contreras out until mid-September-ish, the Cubs were left with only Alex Avila and Victor Caratini as catching options, which was kind of the spot they were in when they went out and traded for Avila in the first place – i.e., in need of a veteran back-up catcher to take some of the load off of Caratini.
Rene Rivera was among the many rumored trade targets for the Cubs at the deadline, and he was my favorite among the glove-first options. Rivera, 34, is still one of the best defensive catchers in the game, and consistently rates as a top pitch-framer, too. Moreover, he still hits lefties well (109 wRC+ this year), and can pair very well with Alex Avila in that regard.
And the Cubs got him for nothing!
As for Brooks, the trade return for Chris Coghlan a couple springs ago, he never quite got it going with the Cubs thanks to injuries and ineffectiveness. The Cubs will have seven days to trade, waive, or release Brooks, and they may well try to retain him in the minor league system.