The Cubs on Thursday acquired right-handed pitcher David Patton from the Cincinnati Reds for a cash consideration. Earlier in the day, Patton was selected by Cincinnati in the Major League phase (first round, eighth overall) of the 2008 Rule 5 Draft from the Colorado Rockies Triple-A Colorado Springs roster.
Patton, 24, is 21-25 with eight saves and a 4.46 ERA (159 ER/321.0 IP) in 180 career minor league appearances (18 starts) in the Rockies chain. He was originally selected by Colorado in the 12th round of the 2004 June Draft out of Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington.
In 2008, the six-foot-two, 195-pounder went 4-5 with four saves, a 3.54 ERA (29 ER/73.2 IP) and a career-high 87 strikeouts in 50 games for Single-A Modesto. He limited right-handed batters to a .242 (38-for-157) batting average with 50 strikeouts against him and held hitters to a .214 (15-for-70) batting average with runners in scoring position. He also pitched for the Honolulu Sharks of the Hawaiian Winter League and the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League.
In 2006, Patton led all Single-A Asheville relievers in wins (seven), ERA (1.95), innings pitched (73.2), strikeouts (79) and games played (52) and was named to the South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star team.
The Cubs lost left-handed pitcher Donnie Veal in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft. Veal was selected in the first round (fourth overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 37 players.