June 22, 2021

Oakland A’s trade Jharel Cotton to Cubs (Athletics Nation)

The Oakland A’s traded pitcher Jharel Cotton to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, the team announced. In exchange, the A’s received cash considerations from the Cubs.

Cotton last pitched in the majors in 2017, before undergoing Tommy John surgery the following spring. He returned to minor league action this summer, but got knocked around in a couple dozen innings of work and wasn’t able to make his way back up to the bigs. He was designated for assignment by Oakland on Wednesday to make room for other needs on the 40-man roster.

Cotton, 2019 A+/AAA: 7.16 ERA, 27⅔ ip, 33 Ks, 12 BB, 8 HR, 6.43 FIP

The right-hander was once a highly promising prospect. He was acquired by the A’s from the Dodgers in the Reddick/Hill deadline trade of 2016 and enjoyed a strong MLB debut in five September starts to finish that year, earning him the No. 4 ranking on our 2017 preseason Community Prospect List. But he struggled to a 5.58 ERA in ‘17, with a mammoth home run rate, a mediocre strikeout-to-walk ratio, and a 5.68 FIP. His career numbers, in 29 starts:

Cotton, 2016-17 OAK: 4.95 ERA, 158⅓ ip, 128 Ks, 57 BB, 32 HR, 5.32 FIP

Despite the tough times over the last couple seasons,…

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