The Cubs have agreed to a minors deal with righty Colin Rea, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports on Twitter. Details otherwise remain unclear.
Now 28 years of age, Rea at one point seemed likely to be a steady rotation piece at the game’s highest level. In fact, the Marlins acquired him on just that premise in the middle of the 2016 season.
Things took a stunning turn when Rea exited his first start in Miami with an elbow injury, teeing up a controversy with the Padres that resulted in Rea being shipped back to San Diego. Rea ended up undergoing Tommy John surgery not long thereafter, costing him all of the 2017 season.
Though he returned to the hill last year, Rea managed only a 5.73 ERA in 75 1/3 innings in the upper minors. The San Diego club dropped him at the outset of the offseason. He’ll look to get back on track in Chicago and perhaps provide an interesting depth option for the Cubs.
Also joining the Chicago organization is outfielder Zach Borenstein, Eddy adds. The 28-year-old has yet to crack the bigs, but has posted some solid numbers at times at Triple-A. In five total seasons there, he carries a .260/.337/.476 slash, popping 65 home runs but also going down on strikes 493 times in 1,657 plate appearances.
Sounds like great pieces for this cub team.
Does your petulance cause you physical pain?
Does your vocabulary validate vileness?
*Fist bump emoji*
Vanilla is good.
Alliteration for the win.
Yes. I agree. Iowa will have a pretty solid rotation and bullpen this year.
He might have to learn to hit his spots. He could have been a nice innings eater but now idk
F to the yeah B’s!
Dumpster Divin’ Theo!
I see that you are not very bright.
Like Jon Jay and Jacob Lindgren are such bug splashes.
I thought he was a Country singer!
Well he had two very successful minor league seasons. Maybe the cubs see something in him and think their coaches can help. No risk minor league deal, seems solid enough
I don’t know if cubs coaches will have time to help, to busy reading millennials for dummies.
Do you know where I could get a copy?
Epstein seems destined to repeat the failures of last season signing injured players who never pan out.
You realize this is a minor league deal, right?
Every team, smart or foolish, rolls those dice.
Lots of Padres news in MLBTR today. Or former Padres news. Pomeranz, Rea, and Machado and Harper.
It’s a minors deal with a ST invite. I tweeted this two weeks ago, and Rosenthal confirmed it. Hope this helps.
Cubs finally win a WS in 2016. 3 years later they cry cheap because of a luxury tax. Pathetic.
They make more money than the Red Sox. Talk about a tale of two cities.
Who’s crying?? They have a roster full of talent and a budget that has been spent. No one but mouth-breathing fans are crying. But not the Cubs or their org.
The organization is the Cubs….
He’s not even Collin Raye
These are the type of signs that become heroes in September and October
Might have to be a hero for the cubs pen stubby66….last year the pen was so depleted they had guys that everyone wrote off.
Ha. You wish you could explain away logic with such a stupid comment.
In 2006, the year after the Sox won the WS and a year when the Cubs lost almost 100 games, the northsiders still outdrew the Sox.
I have no ill will towards Sox or Sox fans…but it’s comical to me how many loud mouth Sox fans I see on these message boards talking about the Cubs struggles.
What difference does it make that the Cubs draw more warm bodies at Wriggley?
How is that relevant to baseball knowledge, rosters, payroll, or anything else? Something to brag about, I guess? You can keep your tourists, and vacuous non-fans glued to their smartphones during games, 1/3rd of which who might be actual Chicagoans. People don’t come to be seen at most other parks, they come because they want to watch a competitive baseball game. Get that thru your head.
It makes all the difference in the inferiority complex Sox fans.
But have fun watching your “competitive” games at GR.
We will, you try the same bean counter.
Looking up attendance stats as a means to takedown “loudmouth Sox fans” seems pretty stupid and far from logical.
Why is it stupid? Why illogical?
Seems to be pretty spot on when trolls start trolling.
Sorry, didn’t realize mlb handed out attendance trophy’s.
Trump?? Who said anything about Trump?
Drafted by Hoyer and Co. while he was in the San Diego. Move makes sense, I thought CHC would be in on Spangenberg for the same reason.
Nah they have too many infielders.
So many low budget mostly unknowns. That’s theos game lately. Find those needles in the haystack.
I like the move, low risk type. 2 years removed from Tommy John maybe he reminds people why they used to think something of him. No brainier for the Cubs.
Is he bringing his little red rodeo?
“ The Cubs M.A.S.H. Unit♀️
He has a few good songs!