The World Series champs have lost a reliever to the Yokohama BayStars of Japan.
That reliever is 28 year old Spencer Patton.
There is always something new to learn. Looking forward to this opportunity to not just play in Japan, but to grow. See you soon Yokohama!— Spencer Patton (@SBPatton) November 23, 2016
The right-handed reliever appeared in 16 games with the Cubs in 2016 with a 5.48 ERA, 22 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.
Patton was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2011 MLB draft. He made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers at the age of 26 in 2014. He appeared in 36 games with the Rangers over a two year span before joining the Cubs.
Japan could be a good option for Spencer Patton. There have been many occasions where MLB players go to Japan to work on their game and return to the majors as an improved player.
The Cubs will be looking for a player to fill his spot on the 40 man roster. They are currently at 37.
Cubs confirm report pitcher Spencer Patton headed to Japan. 40 man roster stands at 37.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) November 23, 2016
Hopefully one of those corresponding moves can fill the void in the bullpen.