Drake Britton

Cubs haul in another Red Sox, this time claiming Drake Britton

Rob Bradford
February 04, 2015 - 10:26 am

After already securing the services of pitchers Felix Doubront, Jon Lester and Daniel Bard, along with catcher David Ross, former Red Sox executives Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod have gone back to their roots once again. The Cubs claimed Drake Britton off waivers from the Red Sox, who designated the pitcher for assignment upon signing free agent Alexi Ogando. It isn't a surprise that the Cubs took a chance on Britton, adding the lefty to their 40-man roster while bumping off Gonzalez German. While the 25-year-old is out of options, he has shown flashes of effectiveness out of a major league bullpen. After turning in a stellar spring training for the majority of his stay in Fort Myers last year, Britton struggled at Triple-A Pawtucket (5.86 in 45 appearances) before bouncing back to turn in a strong showing over a seven-game stint with the Red Sox (6.2 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeotus). Last season was Britton's first full campaign as a reliever, having been groomed as a starter up until a mid-season promotion by the Red Sox in 2013. Britton joined the Red Sox organization as a 23rd round pick in the 2007 draft out of Tomball (TX) High.