Relief? You know how to spell it.

Posted by Lionel on June 3, 2009.

With last night's game fresh in our minds, let's take a quick gander at the Cubs offseason pitching moves:


Aaron Heilman for Ronny Cedeno and Garrett Olson-Heilman took the loss last night, making him 2-3 on the season with a 5.09 ERA. The Cubs parted ways with Cedeno because they signed Aaron Miles. Makes sense...get rid of a guy who can play the 4, 5, or 6 spot to get a guy who can't play third. Hmmmm...now we've seen how many guys try to play the 3 sack in ARam's absence? The silver lining is that Cedeno is only hitting .173. Olson has been the Mariner's swing man, starting 3 of his 7 appearances, with a 4.68 ERA. In other words, the Cubs traded a guy who has a 4.68 ERA and a potential fit at third for a guy with a 5.06 ERA.


Kevin Gregg for Jose Ceda-After last night, Gregg is 8 of 10 in the save department and has a 5.24 ERA. The only "good" news is that Jose Ceda was shut down for a few days in Spring Training and has yet to pitch. I guess the Marlins have a different idea of a few days.

Jason Marquis for Luis Vizcaino-Most of you know how the latter portion of this trade went, but the Rockies are happy with the Marquis for nothing trade. Marquis is 7-3 with a 3.93 ERA. His .211 BA matches Geo Soto's.


Rich Hill for PTBNL-We're supposed to be excited about the fact that Rich Hill is doing well, and he is. He's 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 4 starts. Can't say much about who the Cubs got, because the Cubs don't know.


Michael Wuertz for Richie Robnett and Justin Sellers-This was a good one. Wuertz has a 2.59 ERA in 24 appearances for the A's. If he were with the Cubs, he'd have the best ERA among the relievers and be one of only three below 4. Justin Sellers was traded to the Dodgers for future considerations (i.e. most likely a small sum of money). Robnett was released by the Cubs this week after batting .175 between Iowa and Tennessee with a .555 OPS.


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Rumor Mill in Full Swing as June Hits...

Posted by Lionel on June 1, 2009.

Say goodbye to May, and to boring articles about things like on-field performance, it's now time for every writer in America to start announcing trade rumors and coming up with their own potential trades. Luckily, thanks to a split with the Dodgers, things remain relatively quiet on the North Side front...
  • As a lid-lifter, Fred Mitchell of the Trib says that the Cubs may not be able to make any moves this summer because the deal between the Tribune and Tom Ricketts continues to be held up. If you are looking for the blurb about it in the article, you have to scroll down past the picture of the ghost who threw out the first pitch on Saturday.

  • In the post-game wrapup from Saturday, Fox's Ken Rosenthal reiterates the ownership issue is problematic, but goes as far as saying the Padres will need to move Peavy to rid themselves of his salary.

  • SI's Jon Heyman keeps hearing that the Cubs may be the only team to land Jake Peavy, because they may be the only team Peavy is willing to go to. If that's true, my excitement meter in this story may move a little bit, because it could put the Cubs in an advantageous position. If Peavy is only willing to go to the Cubs and the Padres want to get rid of his contract (as Rosenthal states), it may not take as much as it did over the winter. But as I've said before, starting pitching is not the Cubs problem.

  • Heyman also added that Bob Costas thinks the Cubs may try to re-acquire Mark DeRosa. Didn't know Costas was inside the wire, but OK. This one is interesting simply for the fact that a) would the Cubs have to give up more than they acquired originally for DeRosa (answer is probably yes) and b) how would DeRo receive the news...he loves Chicago, but can't be a big fan of JH.

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