Cubs Adding 2019 PCL Pitcher of the Year Colin Rea to the 40-Man Roster

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Cubs Adding 2019 PCL Pitcher of the Year Colin Rea to the 40-Man Roster

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This looked like a 50/50 shot earlier today, but when word broke that the Cubs had declined their option on Kendall Graveman, it was all the more likely they would want to hang onto Colin Rea as depth.

(Don’t let that ERA fool you, either – in the PCL this year, that was the second-best ERA in the league.)

Rea, 29, was at one time a quality prospect in the Padres’ system, but a failed trade to the Marlins and Tommy John surgery later (yeah, he was that guy who was traded, but it was later revealed the Padres were hiding medical info), he became a free agent in need of a place to get starts and show he was healthy. The Cubs gave him that opportunity, and he wound up pitching exceptionally well at AAA:

Rea’s style is more control and contact-management than pure stuff, so it’s debatable whether he can pitch effectively in the big leagues without an uptick in stuff. Another year removed from surgery, though? It’s possible.

In any case, he’s a 29-year-old former quality prospect who got great results at AAA this year, has minor league options remaining, and now can be a depth starting piece for the Cubs in 2020. Good.

The 40-man roster stands at 32.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.