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This week in Cubs Baseball

Cubs Make Another Deal and Add Veteran to Their Bullpen


On Wednesday the Chicago Cubs traded Ronny Cedeno and recently added Garrett Olson to the Mariners for RHP Aaron Heilman. Heilman is a Logansport, Indiana native and grew up rooting for the Cubs.


Chicago Cubs hats & merchandise "It's a dream come true," Heilman said about playing for his childhood favorite team. Heilman is going to play his 7 th season in the major leagues with the Cubs. His ERA of 5.21 last season was the highest of his career for years where he pitched in more than 15 games. In his 3 previous seasons he posted an ERA of 3.17, 3.62, and a 3.03 ERA in 2007. Heilman who is 30 years old looks to play a big roll for the Cubs pitching out of the bullpen. While he is being considered for the 5 th starter spot it is more than likely Heilman will be a relief pitcher for the Cubs next season. The Cubs lose talented 25-year-old Ronny Cedeno; unfortunately the Cubs didn’t have much need for him this season with Ryan Theriot, Mike Fontenot, and Aaron Miles ahead of him for the middle infield positions. Garrett Olson looked to have potential as well but the Cubs who are looking to make a world series run needed a veteran arm in their bullpen.

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In other news:

The Chicago Cubs Sign Veteran Catcher Paul Bako who played for the Cubs during the 2003 and 2004 seasons is back with the club for the 2009 campaign. The 11-year veteran has been known for his glove behind the plate and looks to be a reliable back up for the Cubs NL rookie of the year award winner Geovany Soto. Even though he has not batted over .250 since 1999 he has always found a team that wanted his services because of his stellar defensive game. His signing will allow Soto to get some well-needed rest during the grueling 162 game season.

Rich Hill is on the trading block and reports say the Orioles are interested in acquiring him and a deal could be done in the near future.



By Ben Gould
Chicago Cubs Correspondent

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