The glorious, no-victims ride of being World Champions can't last forever.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs released right-handed reliever Spencer Patton, and while that isn't unusual, the reasoning behind it is.
According to Robert Murray of Fan Rag Sports, the Cubs released the 28-year-old so he could purse an opportunity to pitch in Japan.
Hearing reason #Cubs released RHP Spencer Patton is so he can pursue an opportunity in Japan.— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) November 22, 2016
The Cubs needed to clear some room on their 40-man roster to protect some of their prized prospects from the Rule 5 Draft, and Patton was certainly someone they might part with, but he supposedly has a multi-year deal with a team in Japan and welcomed his own release.
Something I have a source on! #Cubs release Spencer Patton. He has a multi-million $ offer in Japan. Absent for playoff run, wanted release.— Tim Brusveen (@TimBrusveen) November 22, 2016
In 16 major league appearances last year, Patton went 1-1 with a 5.48 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Patton pitched 21.1 innings and recorded 22 strikeouts, but the walks (14) were a huge problem.
The Cubs acquired Patton from the Texas Rangers last year around the same time for infielder Frandy De La Rosa. In 52 career major league appearances, Patton went 3-2 with a 6.26 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.