11/20 Cubs deal Brigham back to Texas
Jake Brigham is headed back to Texas. The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Barret Loux and a player to be named from the Rangers on Tuesday for Brigham, a right-handed pitcher, who was acquired in July from Texas for catcher Geovany Soto. Brigham had been on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. Loux does not need to be added to the 40-man.
Loux, 23, was named the 2012 Double-A Texas League Pitcher of the Year after going 14-1 with a 3.47 ERA in 25 regular season starts with Frisco. He helped the team reach the Texas League Championship Series, and led the league in wins and finished sixth in ERA while striking out 100 batters and walking 41 over 127 innings.
Originally selected by the Diamondbacks sixth overall in the 2010 Draft out of Texas A&M, Loux was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball and signed with the Rangers on Nov. 18, 2010. He was a finalist for the Golden Spikes award, presented annually to the nation’s top amateur player. He already has a Cubs connection as Loux and Brooks Raley were teammates at Texas A&M.
Brigham, 24, was assigned to Double-A Tennessee after he was acquired but was limited to two starts, going 0-2 with a 19.64 ERA because of right elbow strain that ended his season. The Cubs and Rangers had a verbal agreement to revisit the deal if Brigham was injured.
– Carrie Muskat