According to multiple reports, the Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Robert Coello from the Red Sox for minor league infielder Tony Thomas.
Coello was added to the Cubs 40-man roster, which now stands at 39 players.
Updated 7:07pm C.T. – According to a report from the Tribune, the Red Sox designated Coello for assignment prior to trading him to the Cubs. Coello was drafted as a catcher. The Reds took Robert Coello in the 20th round of the 2004 draft. The 6’5″, 250-pound right-hander spent time in Double-A and Triple-A last season. Coello posted a combined 7-6 record in 32 games, 13 starts, with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. At Triple-A Pawtucket, 3-5 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 18 games, nine starts.
Coello made his big league debut last year in a Red Sox uniform. Coello pitched in six games and did not post a decision (three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings with five walks and five strikeouts)
The addition of Robert Coello gives the Cubs 60 players in big league camp.
Tony Thomas was once considered one of the top prospects in the Cubs’ organization. The Cubs selected Thomas in the third round of the 2007 draft.
In his second year in Double-A, Thomas posted a .276/.338/.485/.823 line in 116 games with 29 doubles, 11 triples and 11 home runs. Thomas played all three outfield spots last season but is primarily a second baseman (105 games).