The Cubs have traded outfielder Chris Coghlan to the Oakland A’s for RHP Aaron Brooks. With Thursday’s roster moves, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
Aaron Brooks, 25, has pitched part of the last two seasons in the big leagues with Kansas City (2014-15) and Oakland (2015) since being selected by the Royals in the ninth round of the 2011 Draft out of Cal-State San Bernardino. He was acquired by Oakland on July 28, 2015 as part of the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to the Royals. Brooks has gone 3-5 with an 8.38 ERA (54 earned runs in 58 innings) in 15 big league appearances, including 10 as a starter.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound righthander combined to go 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA (47 earned runs in 118 2/3 innings) in 20 appearances, all but one as a starter, between Triple-A Omaha and Nashville last season. He struck out 103 batters and walked only 21 in 118.2 innings pitched, an average of 7.8 strikeouts and only 1.6 walks per nine innings. Brooks turned in a 4.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Brooks has gone 43-32 with four complete games, one shutout, one save and a 4.18 ERA (302 ER/618.0 IP) in 113 career minor league appearances, 108 as a starter in five professional seasons. He is a native of Montclair, Calif.
Chris Coghlan, 30, batted .250 (110-for-440) with 25 doubles, 16 homers and 41 RBI in 148 games for the Cubs last season. He joined the Cubs prior to the 2014 campaign and has batted .268 (602-for-2,244) in 666 games with the Marlins (2009-13) and Cubs (2014-15).