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Cubs get former sixth overall pick Barret Loux from Rangers

Nov 20, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

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If you pay attention at all to the MLB Amateur Draft, you’re probably familiar with pitcher Barret Loux.

The 6-foot-5 righty from Texas A&M was selected sixth overall in June 2010 by the Diamondbacks but went unsigned after a physical revealed a labrum tear in his shoulder and multiple issues with his elbow.

He spent the rest of the summer getting healthy, then landed a free agent contract — with a $312,000 signing bonus — from the Rangers in November.

And now the Rangers have traded him to the Cubs, according to MLB.com beat writer Carrie Muskat, along with a player to be named later. Going to Texas in return is Jacob Brigham, a 24-year-old right-hander who began his career in the Rangers’ system. He was traded to Chicago this July for catcher Geovany Soto.

Loux, 23, has a 3.62 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 227 strikeouts in 236 career minor league innings. He posted a 3.47 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 100/41 K/BB ratio across 127 frames this past season at Double-A Frisco.

Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus says Loux projects as a “back of the rotation” starter.

  1. gibbyfan - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Rangers have to be careful they dont have another R A Dickey situation—Letting him go had to hurt and may have made all the difference this year.

  2. shawon0meter - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Dickey wasn’t anything the Rangers would have missed until he was 35 years old. If it’s gonna take Loux 12 more years to figure it out, I think the Rangers will be fine.

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