This week in Cubs Baseball
Rumors are True, Hill Sent to Baltimore
Rich Hill, the Cubs once promising young left-hander was dealt on Monday. In 2007 the LHP went 11-8 and showed great stuff in his first full year in the big leagues. In 2007 his ERA ranked 2 nd best on the team for starting pitchers at 3.92. In 2008 Hill was supposed to be one of the top starters going in to the season for the Cubs but his lack of location ended him up in the minors. After having an awful winter season compiling an ERA of 6.86 in 9 starts playing with the Venezuelan Winter League it looked as though Hill might never meet his potential. If Hill’s winter league stats were good it would of most likely stopped this trade from happening. The Cubs received a player to be named later in the deal.
Cubs Add To List and Send Another Pitcher Packing
Michael Wuertz who the Cubs reached a contract with for the 2009 season last month has been sent to Oakland for two minor leaguers. Wuertz pitched for the Cubs in all of his five seasons and had an ERA of 3.57 with the club. Cub’s general manager Jim Hendry said this about the deal "We felt Michael wasn't as effective last year and felt with the new arms that we've added, there were guys who were ahead of him.” “It will help Mike, it will help the A's and it will help us, too." The Cubs gained minor leaguers Richie Robnett and Justin Sellers in the three-player deal. Robnett, a 25 year old outfielder played five minor league seasons with the A’s. He has a career batting average of .256. Robnett was picked in the first round of the first year player draft in 2004. Sellers, an infielder was chosen in the sixth round of the 2005 MLB draft. Sellers, only 23, batted .255 with six home runs last season in double A.
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