Cubs Lose Veal and Holliman…Trade for Patton

The Cubs did not make a pick in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings, but in a prearranged deal with the Cincinnati Reds, they made an addition to the 40-man roster. The Cubs acquired David Patton from the Reds for a cash consideration. The Reds selected Patton in the first round of the Rule 5 Draft, eighth overall selection, from the Colorado Rockies.

The 24-year old right-hander was 4-5 with a 3.54 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP in High Class- A. In 50 games out of the pen he saved 4 games and struck out 87 with 28 walks in 73 2/3 innings. Patton was picked in the 12th round of the 2005 draft by the Rockies.

The Cubs lost Donald Veal in the Major League portion of the draft. Veal was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates and must remain on the Bucs 25-man roster for the entire season…or be offered back to the Cubs.

In the Minor League portion of the draft, the Cubs lost outfielder Yusuf Carter to the A’s and pitcher Mark Holliman to the Brewers. Holliman put together a good year in 2007 but took a step back in his development in 2008.

With the addition of David Patton, the Cubs now have 37 players on their 40-man roster.

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"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

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