(CBS) The Cubs have added more pitching depth to the organization, acquiring right-hander Alec Mills from the Royals in exchange for minor league outfielder Donnie Dewees on Wednesday evening.
The 25-year-old Mills posted a 3.22 ERA in 125 2/3 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A in the Royals organization last season. He was 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 appearances, 11 starts, with the Triple-A Omaha club. Mills made his major league debut in May, then again joined the team in September and surrendered five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Mills was designated by assignment for the Royals to make room on their 40-man roster for newly signed right-hander Jason Hammel, who has pitched for the Cubs the last two seasons.
Dewees, 23, hit .278 with 10 home runs and 103 RBIs in 195 games in the minor leagues since arriving in the Cubs organization as a second-round pick in 2015.
Left-hander David Rollins was designated for assignment to make room for Mills on the Cubs’ 40-man roster.