I guess you can finally say the trade of Geovany Soto to the Rangers is complete now. At the time of the deal last July the Cubs received right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham from Texas in return for Soto and Brigham was assigned to Double-A Tennessee. Brigham was very bad, the reason he was very bad was a right elbow strain, because of this right elbow strain the Rangers and Cubs agreed that they would revisit this deal in the off-season to make sure everyone was made whole and no hard feelings. Are you still following? If so, good that brings us to today. The Cubs have traded Jake Brigham back to the Rangers for right-handed pitcher Barret Loux, and a player to be named later, which in reality is probably the best possible scenario for the Cubs.
Loux had some injury issues in the past as well, but he once was thought very highly of. Loux was drafted 6th overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2010 Amateur Draft out of Texas A&M, and subsequently failed a physical because of a torn labrum and other elbow injuries so he was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball at the time. He was signed by the Rangers shortly thereafter and has shown to be past those injuries and with a decent level of success as well. Loux, now 23, was named the 2012 Double-A Texas League Pitcher of the Year going 14-1 with a 3.47 ERA in 25 regular season starts with Frisco, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts out in Triple-A next year with the Iowa Cubs.
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