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Cubs Acquire Alec Mills from the Royals for Donnie Dewees

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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Alec Mills from the Kansas City Royals for minor league outfielder Donnie Dewees.

To make room for Mills on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher David Rollins has been designated for assignment.

Mills, 25, combined to go 5-5 with a 3.22 ERA (45 ER/125.2 IP) in 24 appearances, all but one as a starter, last year between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha.  He went 1-2 with a 2.39 ERA (18 ER/67.2 IP) in 12 starts in Double-A to earn Texas League mid-season All-Star honors and a promotion to Triple-A, where he went 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA (27 ER/58.0 IP) in 12 appearances, 11 as a starter.  Mills made his major league debut with the Royals in May of last season and made a second stint with the club in September, posting no record and a 13.50 ERA (5 ER/3.1 IP) in three relief outings.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Mills was originally selected by the Royals in the 22nd round of the 2012 Draft out of the University of Tennessee at Martin.  The Clarksville, Tennessee, native is 19-22 with nine saves and a 3.03 ERA (132 ER/392.1 IP) in five minor league campaigns.

Mills was designated for assignment today by the Royals upon their signing of right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel.

Dewees, 23, batted .278 (221-for-796) with 10 home runs and 103 RBI in 195 minor league games covering the last two seasons.  He was selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2015 Draft out of the University of North Florida.

Rollins, 27, was previously claimed off waivers by Chicago from Texas on December 23 of last year.

  • Sherm

    It seems like the Cubs are starting to stockpile pitchers in this “range.” Former prospects returning from injury, guys in their early/mid 20’s with some upside, etc. I’m sure it’s part of a plan.

    I had heard good things about Dewees, though, so there must be something about Mills they like.

    I see that Rondon is pitching in the WBC. I’m not sure I like to pitchers – especially those coming off injuries – get into “real” games so early and extend what we hope to be a long season. Position players? Doesn’t really matter…but when Rondon doesn’t have any juice in September? That will be a problem.

    • Kyle

      Maybe he can get some juice from Roger Clemens?

    • Adam Peters

      You can never have too much pitching, and if Thed can cover starters 3-5 through the draft and moves like this they can save the team upwards of $20-30M/year versus signing 3 middling free agents.

      • Sherm

        I agree – but I’d say that you can never have too much “good” pitching. Plenty of teams have a stable of jackasses, but that’s not gonna win them the Kentucky Derby.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        But what about catching Lightning in a bottle?

      • Seymour Butts

        And now we are back to Ben Franklin. A Black and Decker drill to the forehead would be less painful than this off season.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        That is because we are anxiously waiting for 2017. There is now a new meaning to wait for next year.

      • Sherm

        Actually, Ben Franklin once tried to catch lightning in a bottle. This was before the whole “kite” thing. It didn’t work, and he nearly was killed. He broke numerous bottles, which in those days, had much greater recycling redemption value. This blunder on his part led to what is now known as “Franklin’s boner.”

      • JTBarrett16

        But the ending was gay, right?

      • Adam Peters

        Well sure. I thought that was between the lines.

      • Sherm

        It was, but I can’t pass up a chance to use the jackass/derby reference…

    • JTBarrett16

      Him and Baez are the only Cubs who are playing in the tournament, and Rondon is not a primary pitcher. He is a designated pitcher. Meaning he might not be on the roster at all or for the entire tournament. In contrast, the poopbirds (family blog) have 11 players taking part. Including the neck tattoo.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    It seams we give the Royals our outfields for their pitchers, I wonder what we would get for Heyward?

    • Sherm

      Probably Yordano Ventura.

      What? Too soon?

      • Kyle

        His fiery attitude will probably cause his career to crash and burn.

      • Seymour Butts

        Thank you Kyle, now I can feel free to refer to the Wreck as “Yordano’s boner”… I think there may have been a stick shifter involved.

    • JTBarrett16

      Hammel!

    • Danny Duffy’s jockstrap.

    • JTBarrett16

      How about we give them Heyward in return for Neifi? They traded away Jermaine Dye for him, why not complete the circle?

  • Doug S.

    You can’t diminish the loss of Donnie Dewees in cheap lines and joke material.

    • Sherm

      I’m fairly sure we can

      • Doug S.

        But I had some potential lines – all wasted.

  • JTBarrett16
  • Chris Hart

    Yeah I like the move in the sense that if/when the Cubs suffer some injuries they will have options like Alec Mills, Rob Zastryzny and Eddie Butler to fill the void rather than relying on Jake Buchanan and Aaron Brooks. At least there is the chance for some upside with guys like Mills and Butler.

    • Doc Raker

      Or if Alfred the Butler gets hurt…………or Mr French goes on the DL…….