Not a particularly significant series of moves, but…

Right-hander Jim Brower was traded Friday from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago Cubs for cash.

Brower was 0-1 with a 2.88 ERA and two saves in 17 relief appearances for Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds also sold the minor league contract of right-hander Tom Shearn to Samsung of the Korean Professional League.

The 30-year-old Shearn finally made it to the major leagues last season, going 3-0 in six starts and one relief appearance late in the year. He was 6-2 with a 4.53 ERA in 10 starts for Louisville this year.

These moves, of course, were on the heels of this one:

The Reds sold the contract of Justin Lehr to the Doosan Bears of the Korean Professional League. Lehr was 4-2 with 2.41 ERA for Triple-A Louisville.

I’m not sure how much money the Reds received in return for these spare parts. Probably less than the $3.5 million they are wasting on Corey Patterson.