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Colin D. Rea (born July 1, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the San Diego Padres and the Miami Marlins.

Colin Rea
Colin Rea on May 15, 2012.jpg
Rea pitching for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2012
Chicago Cubs
Born: (1990-07-01) July 1, 1990 (age 29)
Bernard, Iowa
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 11, 2015, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record7–7
Earned run average4.69


San Diego PadresEdit

Rea played college baseball at the University of Northern Iowa before transferring to St. Petersburg College and then Indiana State University. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 12th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] He made his professional debut that season with the Eugene Emeralds.[2] He played for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2012 and Fort Wayne and the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2013.[3] Rea played for Lake Elsinore in 2014 and started 2015 with the Double-A San Antonio Missions.[4][5] Rea made his major league debut on August 11, 2015.[6]

Miami MarlinsEdit

Rea was involved in a pair of transactions between the Padres and Marlins just before the MLB trade deadline on August 1, 2016. He was first traded along with Andrew Cashner and Tayron Guerrero to the Marlins for Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps, Josh Naylor, and Luis Castillo on July 29.[7] He then made his Marlins debut in an 11–0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park the following night on July 30, but an injury ended his start after one out in the fourth inning. His right elbow strain landed him on the 15-day disabled list on July 31.[8]

Second Stint with PadresEdit

Rea's four-day odyssey ended on August 1 when he and Castillo were returned to their original ballclubs.[9] NBC Miami reported that Miami felt it had been sent an injured player in Rea from the Padres.[10]

On August 5, 2016, Rea was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow. After visiting Dr. James Andrews, Rea opted for a platelet rich plasma injection, but it was unsuccessful.[11] During the month of November, Rea underwent Tommy John surgery, and was declared to miss all of the 2017 season. He was released on November 21, 2018.

Chicago CubsEdit

On January 7, 2019, Rea signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.[12] The Cubs selected Rea's contract on November 4, 2019.[13]


  1. ^ Leitner, Jim (June 8, 2011). "Rea goes to Padres". Dubuque, IA: Telegraph Herald. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Leitner, Jim (September 20, 2011). "Minor league baseball: Rea's endless summer finally winding down". Dubuque, IA: Telegraph Herald. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Carpenter, Don (April 3, 2013). "Rea is promoted, plays for Lake Elsinore Storm". Cascade, IA: Cascade Pioneer. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Leitner, Jim (September 22, 2014). "Professional baseball: Rea enjoys career year for Storm". Dubuque, IA: Telegraph Herald. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rea ready to get his feet wet with Missions". San Antonio Express-News. April 8, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Lin, Dennis (August 10, 2015). "Padres prospect Colin Rea set for major league debut". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Padres acquire four players from Miami Marlins in seven-player trade". (Press release). July 29, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
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  9. ^ "Padres' Colin Rea: Headed back to San Diego". August 1, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  10. ^ Walansky, Larry. "Marlins Return Colin Rea to Padres". NBC. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
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  12. ^ Cerami, Michael (January 7, 2019). "Cubs Bringing in Righty Colin Rea on a Minor League Deal". Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  13. ^ "Cubs decline $5 million option on reliever David Phelps". The AP. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2019.

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