Chicago likely took advantage of its open 40-man roster spots to pick up another relief option. The team similarly claimed Jack Leathersich and awarded a big league deal to minor league free agent righty Andury Acevedo.
Like those players, Patton will provide a ready depth piece. The 27-year-old has 33 1/3 big league innings on his stat sheet. He’s allowed 25 earned runs in that span, but does have a more promising 36-to-14 K:BB ratio. Patton has been a double-digit strikeouts-per-nine pitcher throughout his minor league career, and worked to a 1.67 ERA in his 27 Triple-A frames last season.
De La Rosa, 19, is a middle infielder who played last year at the low-A level. He hit .273/.315/.367 in 278 plate appearances on the year.