Chicago Cubs release righty pitcher


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Colin Rea was a solid depth piece for the Cubs (Matt Kartozian - USA Today Sports)
Colin Rea was a solid depth piece for the Cubs (Matt Kartozian - USA Today Sports)

The Chicago Cubs released righty pitcher Colin Rea on Monday.

This was a courtesy move by the organization as Rea got a better opportunity and financial package overseas in Japan.

His deal with the Cubs on December 2 that avoided arbitration was for $702,500 for the 2021 season.

Rea had a 1-1 record with a 5.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in nine appearances this past season. He also had a 16.9 percent strikeout rate and a sparkling 3.2 percent walk rate. In total, he started two games as most of his work was as a reliever.

For his career in 35 games pitched, he has an 8-8 record with a 4.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.

He was a depth piece for the starting unit and long bullpen member, but obviously, it was best for both parties to give him a chance elsewhere if the Cubs didn't see him as a legitimate fifth starter at some point in the rotation.

Good luck to Rea on his upcoming change of plans to Japan's Nippon Pro Baseball league.

His release means there are currently 36 players on the Cubs' 40-man roster.

Now the Cubs can move forward and possibly use that money towards Jon Lester or any other low-cost starter available right now on the free agent market.

The Cubs projected rotation appears at this moment to look like Kyle Hendricks, Zach Davies, Adbert Alzolay, and Alec Mills.

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