Chicago Cubs closer David Robertson is on the move. The Cubs have worked out a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that will send Robertson over in exchange for RHP Ben Brown.
As the Cubs placed Codi Heuer on the 60-Day IL due to Tommy John surgery, they signed Robertson to a one-year, $3.5 million deal in the offseason. The 37-year-old pitched briefly with the Rays last season. Before that, the veteran missed all of 2020 and most of 2019 due to Tommy John.
Robertson worked out like a charm for Chicago. In 36 appearances this year, he has a 2.23 ERA, 14 saves, and 51 punchouts in 40.1 IP. A 14-year veteran, Robertson is no stranger to the postseason dating back to his early seasons with the New York Yankees. Depending on who you ask and who is realistically available, Robertson might've been the best relief pitcher left on the trade block.
As for the Cubs' return, Ben Brown' is the Phillies' No. 26 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. However, it sounds like he's made a lot of growth and should be a lot higher than that on updated lists.
He has a power fastball, which he throws 95-98 MPH, along with a curveball and slider. Brown is a big 6-foot-6 right-hander that has been thriving at the organization's High-A level. In 16 appearances, Brown has a 3.08 ERA and 105 strikeouts to only 23 walks in 73 IP. Apparently, he was just called up to Double-A, but he won't get the opportunity to pitch for the Reading Fightin Phils. We'll see how this turns out, but it looks like another high upside, closer to ready than not, trade for Jed Hoyer and the Chicago Cubs.