Jim Hendry Transactions

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Jim Hendry was promoted to his current position as General Manager of the Chicago Cubs on July 5, 2002. The following write-up analyzes his moves since that date. Transactions were taken from Retrosheet.com and were corroborated with the transactions list available on Cubs.com.

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[edit] 2002 Season

July 14, 2002: Signed Clay Rapada

Hendry’s first move was unheralded. The 6’5” side-arming lefty went undrafted out of Virginia State University. Projected as a LOOGY from the onset, he moved up a minor league level each year until making his major league debut in 2007. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers on August 30, 2007 as the player to be named later in a trade for Craig Monroe, and had a 4.22 ERA in 25 games for the Tigers in 2008. He continues to move between the big league roster and AAA for the Tigers. A successful signing of a future major league player.

July 31, 2002: Traded Darren Lewis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Chad Hermansen

Hermansen was 24 years old and had shown some promise and power in the minor leagues. He had all of 43 at-bats for the Cubs in 2002 before being packaged along with Todd Hundley in a trade with the Dodgers for Eric Karros and Mark Grudzielanek in the off-season. Since then, Hermanson has had a total of 32 at-bats in the big leagues and was out of baseball by 2008. Rather than report to the lowly Pirates, the aging Lewis promptly retired. Lewis was essentially discarded for a piece of a future trade.

August 22, 2002: Traded Tom Gordon to the Houston Astros for Russ Rohlicek, Travis Anderson, and Mike Nannini

The Astros were in the Wild Card hunt and Gordon was going to be a free agent after the season anyway. The last-place Cubs received three pitching prospects for a one-month rental of Gordon. While all three reached at least AA, none ever pitched an inning in the majors. The only notable return on this was Nannini, who was later packaged with Hee Seop Choi to the Marlins for Derrek Lee.

August 25, 2002: Traded Jeff Fassero to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jared Blasdell and Jason Karnuth

A free-agent-to-be, Fassero garnered two low-level pitching prospects from the Cardinals. Neither was remarkable in the minors after the trade and only Karnuth ever played in the majors (3 games for the Tigers in 2005). It was a post-deadline deal so Fassero had to clear waivers first and with his 6.18 ERA in 57 games, the Cubs were lucky to get anything at all for him. The move saved the Cubs some salary for the last month of the season.

September 4, 2002: Traded Bill Mueller and cash to the San Francisco Giants for Jeff Verplancke

The Giants wanted Mueller, a free-agent-to-be, for the stretch drive and gave up a young pitching prospect. Verplancke soon thereafter had Tommy John surgery and never pitched in 2003. In the spring of 2003, the Cubs signed catcher Gerard McCall out of the independent leagues, who was then traded, on March 29, 2003, with a player-to-be-named to the Giants for David Cash. That player-to-be-named ended up being Verplancke in November 2003. He then voluntarily retired in March 2004. The Giants were making amends for damaged goods. McCall never played even a minor league game with the Giants, so the deal became David Cash for one month of Bill Mueller. Cash panned out only slightly better than Verplancke. After a so-so season as a reliever in AA, he became injured and only pitched in four games in the Cubs minor leagues from 2004-2006 and has since dropped out of baseball. In all, this move gained nothing but a small savings of money for the last month of 2002.

[edit] 2002-2003 Off-Season

November 12, 2002: Released Roosevelt Brown

After hitting just .211 in over 200 at-bats during the season, Brown was released. He then played in Japan for a few seasons and finished his career with a season in AAA in 2005. He never again played in the big leagues. The Cubs parted ways at the appropriate time.

November 13, 2002: Traded Dave Noyce and Gary Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Damian Miller

Neither Noyce nor Johnson ever reached the big leagues (in fact, neither even played an inning in Arizona’s minor league system) and Miller was the Cubs starting catcher for the 2003 season. He was subsequently traded to the A’s for Michael Barrett prior to the 2004 season. He played 2005-2007 with the Brewers before retiring. A great pick-up for the Cubs without giving up anything of value.

November 26, 2002: Traded Ryan Gripp to the Milwaukee Brewers for Paul Bako

Bako served as the Cubs major league back-up catcher for 2003-2004, and has since played for the Dodgers, Royals, Orioles, Reds, and Phillies. Gripp, a third baseman, played for part of 2003 in the Brewers minor leagues before moving on to the independent leagues. Another solid pick-up of a piece to the major league roster for a minor leaguer of no value.

December 4, 2002: Signed Mike Remlinger

Remlinger proved to be an effective reliever for the Cubs, appearing in 73 games with a 3.65 ERA in 2003 and 48 games with a 3.44 ERA in 2004. Sporting an ERA near 5.00, however, he was traded to the Red Sox in August 2005. He pitched for the Braves in 2006 before being released at the end of June. Despite struggling in the third year of the contract, we was a key part of the bullpen for two seasons.

December 4, 2002: Traded Todd Hundley and Chad Hermanson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Eric Karros and Mark Grudzielanek

In a steal of a deal, Hendry managed to unload both Hundley, who managed just 33 more big league at-bats in his career, and Hermanson, who managed only 32 of his own, for two major contributors on the 2003 playoff team. Karros hit .286 for the Cubs and filled in admirably after Hee Seop Choi became injured, and Grudzielanek hit .314 in 481 at bats as the starting second baseman. Karros played for the A’s for the first part of 2004 before being released in August and retiring. After splitting time at second base with Todd Walker in 2004, Grudzielanek moved on to the Cardinals and then the Royals where he was the starting second basemen through 2008. Despite a recent comeback attempt with the Twins organization, his career looks to now be over. Overall, this was a great trade for the Cubs and a key reason for the success of 2003.

December 16, 2002: Drafted Derek Thompson from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 Draft

This was a prearranged draft and sell deal. Thompsons was immediately sold to the Dodgers, where he battled injury and appeared in only four big league games in the rest of his career, which ended after the 2005 season. The Cubs picked up cash in the transaction.

December 16, 2002: Lost Jason Dubois to the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rule 5 Draft

Leaving Dubois unprotected proved inconsequential as he was returned by the Blue Jays on March 15, 2003.

December 17, 2002: Signed Troy O’Leary

Having hit .286 in nearly 300 at-bats for the Expos in 2001, and a career .274-hitter in 4,000 big-league at bats, O'Leary was signed to be a back-up outfielder and pinch hitter. Unfortunately he was a complete bust in 2003. He hit just .218 with a .631 OPS. and at age 33, 2003 would prove to be his final year. Interestingly he ended his career on a high note with a pinch-hit solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh off Josh Beckett in Game 7 of the NLCS – it was the last run the Cubs scored in 2003. Overall, this signing simply did not pan out.

December 20, 2002: Signed Shawn Estes

Estes went a disappointing 8-11 with a 5.73 ERA as the Cubs fifth starter in 2003. After not being re-signed as a free agent following the season, he managed 15 wins with the Rockies in 2004 despite an ERA over 5.00. In 2005, he was 7-8 with the Diamondbacks and was signed by the Padres prior to the 2006 season. He has struggled with injury, spending all of the 2007 season in the minors. He was 2-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 10 games for the Padres in 2008. After not making the Dodgers out of spring training, he accepted an assignment and pitched in AAA in 2009. While much is never expected of fifth starters, this move turned out poorly for the Cubs and it is likely that his roster spot could have been filled from within the organization just as easily.

January 1, 2002: Signed Rod Beck

After sitting out the 2002 season following Tommy John surgery, Beck was signed to a minor league deal with AAA Iowa where he became famous for living in a trailer outside the stadium in Des Moines. In 21 games (30 IP) Beck had an outstanding 0.59 ERA. With a veteran bullpen the Cubs had little room to add him to a roster, and in an agreed upon deal, they released him on May 31 when he was offered a major league contract by the Padres. In 36 games for the Padres, Beck went 20 for 20 in save chances and had an ERA of 1.78 and a 1.02 WHIP, winning the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award. After a disappointing start to the 2004 season, Beck was released and retired. He died tragically in 2007, likely from a cocaine overdose. During the 2003 season, Cubs’ fans watched the likes of veterans Dave Veres and Antonio Alfonseca put up ERAs of 4.68 and 5.83, and youngsters Juan Cruz and Todd Wellemeyer with ERAs over 6.00. Many fans will always wonder whether there should have been some roster move that could have given Shooter a chance, and whether the playoffs may have turned out differently. A great move in picking him up, but a terrible decision not to give him a chance to help the big league team.

January 2, 2003: Signed Ramon Martinez

Martinez was signed to be the primary back-up at second base, shortstop, and third base. He performed this role very well in 2003, hitting .283 in nearly 300 at-bats while playing his usual sound defense. After hitting only .246 in 2004, he was not re-signed for the 2005 season. He has since played a bench role for the Phillies, Tigers, Dodgers, and Mets. Martinez proved to be a solid signing for 2003, but struggled for the second year of the contract.

January 8, 2004: Signed Dave Veres

After a solid 2002 season for the Cardinals in which he had a 3.48 ERA in 71 games, Veres was signed to be a veteran arm in the Cubs bullpen. He only posted a 4.68 ERA in 31 games for the Cubs, and spent two stints on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. He spent the next season in the minors for the Giants, and then retired. He made a recent attempt at a comeback from hip replacement surgery, but was released by the Rockies minor league team and pitched in the Atlantic League for the remainder of 2008. Veres ended up a poor signing for the Cubs who really got him after his last effective year.

January 16, 2003: Signed Tom Goodwin

The 34-year old Goodwin was signed to be a backup outfielder and pinch runner for the Cubs. He did well in 2003, hitting .287 with 19 stolen bases in just 171 at bats. He dropped off significantly in 2004, hitting just .200, and spent 2005 in an independent league before retiring. A good signing for 2003, but the Cubs kept him one season too long.

January 20, 2003: Signed Mark Guthrie

In 65 games out of the pen in 2003, Guthrie had an ERA of 2.74. He was not resigned after the 2003 season and after being released in spring training by the Pirates, he retired from baseball. An excellent signing for the 2003 season.

January 27, 2003: Signed Lenny Harris

The veteran Harris was signed to be a pinch hitter for the Cubs, but after hitting just .183 in 131 at bats, he was released on August 2. He subsequently signed with the Marlins, and the all-time pinch hit leader finished off his career with the team, retiring after the 2005 season. A poor bench choice for the Cubs in 2003.

[edit] 2003 Season

May 29, 2003: Traded Derrin Ebert to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Chris Donnels

The veteran corner infielder Donnels was assigned to AAA, but was eventually sent to the Marlins for cash on July 6. After another season in the minors in 2004, he retired from baseball. Ebert pitched unremarkably in the minors through 2005 before leaving baseball. All in all, a trade that had no impact on either team or player.

June 20, 2003: Traded Mark Bellhorn to the Colorado Rockies for Jose Hernandez

Bellhorn had hit 27 homers as a starter for the Cubs in 2002, but at this point in 2003, he was sporting a .209 average with only 2 HR. He did not do much better for the Rockies after the trade, but had a rebound season with 17 HR for the Red Sox in 2004. He hit just .210 in 2005 with the Red Sox and ended the year with the Yankees. He spent 2006 with the Padres and 2007 with the Reds, bouncing between the majors and minors. Just a month after this deal Hernandez was traded to the Pirates in a package for Kenny Lofton and Aramis Ramirez, making the trade of Bellhorn even better in hindsight.

July 4, 2003: Signed Josh Paul

After being released by the White Sox in mid-season, Paul went to AAA and the played in three games for the Cubs after being called up in September 2003. He had another 358 at-bats between the Angels and Rays before retiring after the 2007 season. This was purely an insurance move to add a third catcher with major league experience for the stretch drive.

July 23, 2003: Traded Jose Hernandez, Matt Bruback, and Bobby Hill to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Aramis Ramirez, Kenny Lofton, and cash

Perhaps the crowning achievement of Hendry’s time as a GM; Ramirez has blossomed into an All-Star and had seemingly shored up the Cubs historically weak post-Santo 3B position. Lofton hit .327 down the stretch in 2003 and provided the key lead-off hitter the Cubs needed after Corey Patterson succumbed to a season-ending injury. He thereafter played for the Yankees, Phillies, Dodgers, Rangers, and Indians through 2007. Hernandez struggled as a part-time player for the Pirates, Phillies, Dodgers, and Indians through 2006 before retiring. Bruback bounced around to three organizations, never getting above AAA, before leaving baseball in 2006. Bobby Hill struggled with the Pirates in 2004, was eventually dealt to the Padres where he spent 2006 in the minors, and is now playing for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League.

July 30, 2003: Traded Jason Fransz to the Texas Rangers for Doug Glanville

A deadline acquisition to bolster the bench for the stretch drive, Glanville hit only .235 in 51 at-bats, but played solid defense in the outfield. He spent 2004 with the Phillies before retiring. Fransz never made it above A ball and was out of baseball by 2007.

August 17, 2003: Traded Ray Sadler to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Randall Simon

Acquired to help off the bench, Simon came up big, hitting .282 with 6 HR and 21 RBI in just 33 games for the Cubs in 2003 (he also went 8 for 24 in the postseason). He re-signed with the Pirates following the season and bounced between the majors and minors for three different franchises until 2006. He now plays in the Northern League. Sadler has just 8 career big league at-bats and is currently in AA for the Astros organization.

August 19, 2003: Traded Enmanuel Ramirez to the Colorado Rockies for Tony Womack

This was a failed move to bolster the bench. Womack hit only .235 in 21 games for the Cubs in 2003 after the trade. He signed with the Red Sox following the season, and was then traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, where hit .307 and had 26 SB in 2004. He played for the Yankees in 2005 before finishing his career in 2006 with the Reds and another brief stint with the Cubs.

August 25, 2003: Traded Phil Norton to the Cincinnati Reds for John Koronka

Koronka reached the majors in 2005, appearing in four games for the Cubs. He was later traded to the Rangers in 2006 in a three-team deal that garnered the Cubs Freddie Bynum. He struggled with the Rangers and spent 2008 split between the Rockies AAA team and Japan. He signed a minor league deal with the Marlins prior to the 2009 season. Norton struggled out of the bullpen for the Reds in 2004, posting a 5.07 ERA in 69 games. He spent the next two seasons in the minors and was out of baseball by 2007. Koronka became Bynum who became Kevin Hart who was used in the trade for Tom Gorzelanny and Kevin Grabow, so in the end, getting something useful for Norton was a plus move by Hendry.

[edit] 2003-2004 Off-Season

November 24, 2003: Augie Ojeda Claimed off Waivers by the Minnesota Twins

Ojeda had hit just .196 in over 300 major league at-bats for the Cubs from 2000-2003. He hit .339 as a late-season call-up for the Twins in 2004, but struggled and spent all of 2005 in the minors. He re-signed with the Cubs in 2006, but again spent the season in AAA. From 2007-present he has seen a bit of a resurgence, hitting over .260 as a utility infielder for the Diamondbacks. No real loss for the Cubs here, especially considering how long it took him to develop.

November 25, 2003: Traded Hee Seop Choi and Mike Nannini to the Florida Marlins for Derrek Lee

Since joining the Cubs Lee has won two Gold Gloves, a Silver Slugger Award, a batting title, and been elected an All-Star twice. Choi hit .270 for the Marlins through 95 games in 2004 before being traded to the Dodgers along with Brad Penny in a deal for Paul LoDuca. He hit only .161 the rest of the way and continued to struggle with the Dodgers in 2005. He spent 2006 in AAA for the Red Sox before returning home to play baseball in South Korea. Nannini never reached the major leagues. A great trade for the Cubs no matter how you look at it.

December 3, 2003: Signed LaTroy Hawkins

In 2004, Hawkins had 24 saves and a 2.63 ERA, but came under fire for his 9 blown saves. In 2005 he started with a 3.32 ERA through his first 21 games, but had already blown 4 of 8 save opportunities. He was traded to the Giants for Jerome Williams and David Aardsma at the end of May. All in all, not a terrible signing stats-wise, but the Cubs eventually expected him to be the guy for saves and to handle the pressure of Chicago well, two things Hawkins could not realistically do.

December 15, 2003: Traded Damian Miller to the Oakland A’s for Michael Barrett

Barrett brought an offensive presence to the catching position that Miller could not, averaging 16 homeruns and nearly 60 RBI from 2004-2006. He won a Silver Slugger Award in 2005 and hit over .300 in 2006. After a slow start and a public fight with Carlos Zambrano in 2007, Barrett was shipped off in June to the Padres. Miller started at catcher for A’s in 2004 then moved on to the Brewers for three seasons before retiring after the 2007 season. A good upgrade at catcher for the Cubs for 3 seasons.

December 15, 2003: Lost Jason Szuminski to the Kansas City Royals in the Rule 5 Draft

Szuminski was traded by the Royals to the Padres on the day of the Rule 5 draft for Rich Thompson, but the Padres returned him to the Cubs on May 11, 2004. He later required surgery for a torn labrum and the Cubs released him on March 22, 2006, and he has not pitched since.

December 18, 2003: Signed Todd Hollandsworth

In 2004, Hollandsworth had an OPS of .939 in 148 at-bats as the primary pinch hitter and back-up outfielder for the Cubs. After becoming the starting left fielder in 2005, he struggled, hitting only .254 before being traded to the Braves for two minor leaguers in August. A good bench pick-up in 2004, but should have never been overexposed as a starter in 2005.

December 19, 2003: Signed Kent Mercker

In 71 games in 2004, Mercker had a 2.55 ERA. Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the Reds where he spent 2004-2008 as an effective reliever. A solid bullpen addition for 2004.

December 19, 2003: Traded Wilton Chavez to the Montreal Expos for Jose Macias

Macias played all three outfield positions as well as second and third base for the Cubs in 2004, hitting .268. His numbers dipped in 2005 and he signed to play in Japan in 2006, before returning to play in AAA for the Brewers in 2007, and then the Mexican League in 2008. Chavez, a starting pitcher, had gone 11-7 for Iowa in 2003, but dropped to 5-12 for the Expos AAA team in 2004. He continued to struggle in the minors for the next two years and was out of baseball after the 2006 season. Macias was nothing more than a 25th-man and clearly was worth more to the team than Chavez was, but the impact of the move was negligible.

January 3, 2004: Signed Jimmy Anderson

Anderson pitched briefly in the bullpen for the Cubs in 2004, appearing in seven games with a 4.66 ERA. In July, he was traded to the Red Sox for Andrew Shipman, but subsequently released in August after struggling mightily. He was then signed again by the Cubs. He has bounced around with the Twins, Devil Rays, Astros, and Marlins since, never playing in the majors again, and is now out of baseball.

January 6, 2004: Signed Todd Walker

Walker was the Cubs primary second baseman for 2004 and 2005, averaging 55 runs, 22 doubles, 14 HR, and 45 RBI over the two seasons, while hitting near .300. He put up similar numbers through the first half of 2006 until being traded to the Padres at the trade deadline. All in all, a decent signing.

January 21, 2004: Signed Ryan Dempster

Hendry took a flyer on Dempster who had Tommy John surgery in August 2003. He took less than a year to return from surgery, appearing in 23 games for the Cubs out of the bullpen at the end of the 2004 season. He became the Cubs closer in 2005 and saved 33 games. He followed that up with 24 saves in 2006 and 28 in 2007. He converted to a starter in 2008, going 17-6, making the all-star team, and placing 6th in the Cy Young balloting. He was 11-9 with a 3.64 ERA in 2009. This was a great signing by the Cubs.

January 22, 2004: Signed Calvin Murray

Murray, once a prized Giants prospect, was signed as outfield insurance in AAA. He did well for Iowa in 2004 and 2005, even getting a September call-up in 2004. Those would prove to be his last major league at-bats, however, and he was out of baseball by 2006. An unimportant move overall.

January 24, 2004: Signed Jermaine Van Buren

Van Buren was plucked out of the independent leagues and excelled in the Cubs’ system. In 2004, he had a 1.89 ERA in 57 games between A, AA, and AAA. In 2005, he had a 1.98 ERA in 52 games (25 saves) for AAA Iowa. He appeared in 6 games for the Cubs in 2005, giving up 2 ER in 6 IP. He was then sold to the Red Sox following the 2005 season. Considering he was completely off the radar and made the big leagues, this was a nice signing by the Cubs.

February 24, 2004: John Webb Claimed off of Waivers by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Webb would appear in only five games for the Rays, posting an ERA over 10. He bounced around the minor leagues through 2007 and spent 2008 in the independent leagues. No loss for the Cubs.

March 23, 2004: Signed Greg Maddux

Maddux went 16-11 with a 4.02 ERA for the Cubs in 2004, and followed that up with a 13-15, 4.24 ERA season in 2005. He went 9-11 with a 4.64 ERA through the first part of 2006 before being traded to the Dodgers for Cesar Izturis on July 31. In his second stint with the Cubs, Maddux largely performed as expected, eating innings and collecting wins at the back end of the rotation.

March 25, 2004: Traded Juan Cruz and Steve Smyth to the Atlanta Braves for Andy Pratt and Richard Lewis

This is a trade that worked out terribly for the Cubs. Cruz was 8-19 with a 4.43 ERA for the Cubs over parts of 3 seasons, but had had an ERA over 6.00 in 2003. The Cubs did not like his inconsistency or attitude and shipped him off. In 230 games since, Cruz is 23-12 with a 3.66 ERA. Pratt, a lefty, was supposed to help the Cubs’ bullpen, but he had an ERA of 21.60 in 4 games for the Cubs in 2004, and did not fare much better in the minors, posting an ERA of nearly 10.00. In August, he was traded to the Brewers for Ben Grieve. He never reached the majors again and was out of baseball by 2007. Both Lewis and Smyth bounced around the minor leagues through 2007 and now are playing independent ball.

[edit] 2004 Season

April 2, 2004: Signed Damian Jackson

After being released by the Rockies in spring training, Jackson was signed by the Cubs to provide infield insurance at AAA. He was needed early when Alex Gonzalez broke his wrist in May. After going just 1 for 15, however, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals and replaced on the roster by Rey Ordonez. Jackson had three more brief major league appearances, but was playing independent ball in 2008.

April 5, 2004: Signed Giovanni Carrara

After being released by the Indians in spring training, Carrara signed with the Cubs where he accumulated a 3.86 ERA in 28 IP in AAA Iowa. He was released, however, on June 1st. The Cubs should have given him a chance. He subsequently signed with the Dodgers where he had a 2.18 ERA in 53 IP out of the bullpen. He had a 3.93 ERA in 75 IP in 2005. He split time between AAA and the big leagues in 2006 before retiring at the age of 39 in 2007.

April 5, 2004: Signed Glendon Rusch

After being released by the Rangers in spring training, Rusch signed with the Cubs and assumed the role of long-man/spot-starter, sporting a 3.47 ERA in 129 IP. He as 9-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 2005, but struggled mightily in 2006 and discovered a life-threatening blood clot in his lung late in the season. He missed the end of 2006 and all of 2007 recovering. He has made a comeback with the Padres and then Rockies in 2008-2009, but has not reached his previous levels of success.

April 29, 2004: Traded Felix Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers for Jon Connolly and Eric Eckenstahler

None of these three prospects has ever played again in the major leagues after the trade. This was a completely unimportant deal for both teams.

May 18, 2004: Signed Rey Ordonez

Signed after Alex Gonzalez broke his wrist, Ordonez hit just .164 in 23 games for the Cubs before being released in July. He never played in the majors again.

May 31, 2004: Traded Damian Jackson to the Kansas City Royals for Travis Dawkins

The Cubs decided to give Ordonez a shot over Jackson and shipped him off to the Royals for “Gookie” who never played again to the big leagues.

June 14, 2004: Signed Ricky Gutierrez

Added to AAA as infield insurance, Gutierrez did well for Iowa. He was sold to the Red Sox in July when he was no longer needed. He never played again in the majors.

July 31, 2004: In a four-team deal, traded Justin Jones to the Minnesota Twins, and Francis Beltran, Alex Gonzalez, and Brendan Harris to the Montreal Expos, for Nomar Garciapara and Matt Murton from the Boston Red Sox

This blockbuster trade is difficult to evaluate. What is certain is that it worked out very well for the Red Sox. Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz were both keys to their World Series victory. Jones is still only 23, but is struggling in the low minor leagues now for the Nationals. Gonzalez bounced between the Expos, Padres, Rays, and Phillies, and was out of baseball after the 2006 season. Beltran pitched poorly for the Expos in late 2004, was injured in 2005, spent 2006-2007 in the minors, and pitched briefly in the pen for the Tigers in 2008. Brendan Harris has had some success, finally emerging as a starter for the Rays in 2007, where he hit .286 in over 500 at-bats. He has been the primary second basemen for the Twins the last two years. So essentially, for Harris, the Cubs received both Garciapara and Murton. Garciapara hit .297 over the final 43 games of 2004, but injured himself early in 2005. He put up decent stats when he returned in 2005, but he would never be the same. Since then he has played mostly first and third for the Dodgers and now A’s, and injuries have continued to be a problem. Murton was overlooked in the deal, but from 2005-2007 he hit .296/.365/.455 in nearly 1,000 plate appearances for the Cubs, before being shipped off to the A’s in the Rich Harden deal in 2008. He now plays for the Rockies. Overall, the trade did not work out as well as hoped, but a half-season of Nomar in 2004 and Murton for Harris definitely worked in the Cubs’ favor.

August 19, 2004: Signed Neifi Perez

Released by the Giants in late August, Perez was picked up for the playoff push. Perez hit an excellent .371 over 62 at-bats to end the season. For 2004, this was a great pick-up. Unfortunately, Perez was given 609 at-bats in 2005 in which he hit just .274/.298/.383. After an even worse first half in 2006, he was traded to the Tigers in late August. He struggled for the Tigers in 2006 and the beginning of 2007. On July 6, 2007, he was suspended 25 games for a second positive test for amphetamines, and on August 3 he was suspended an additional 80 games for a third positive test. He is now out of baseball.

August 31, 2004: Bought Mike Difelice from the Detroit Tigers

Difelice was obtained for the stretch run as a third catcher. He played in 4 games in September, after which he moved on to act as the third catcher for the Mets and Rays from 2006-2008.

August 31, 2004: Traded Andy Pratt to the Milwaukee Brewers for Ben Grieve

A deadline deal to add another bench bat for the final month, the former Rookie of the Year hit .250 in 15 September games for the Cubs. Pratt never reached the majors again and was out of baseball by 2007.

[edit] 2004-2005 Off-Season

December 8, 2004: Signed Henry Blanco

Blanco was signed to be the back-up catcher and remained so through the 2008 season, hitting .255/.293/.387 with the Cubs overall, but playing stellar defense. His was a solid signing of a defensive-minded catcher who calls a good game and keeps the running game in check. He was not signed prior to the 2009 season and has battled injuries and hit just .194 for the Padres.

December 13, 2004: Lost Luke Hagerty to the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 Draft

Hagerty was drafted by the Orioles and traded to the Marlins, but he was returned to the Cubs on March 31, 2005. He struggled with injuries in the low minor leagues, and he was released in spring 2007.

December 13, 2004: Lost Andy Sisco to the Kansas City Royals in the Rule 5 Draft

Sisco posted a 3.11 ERA out of the bullpen for the Royals in 2005. He struggled in 2006 (7.10 ERA in 65 games) and after the season was traded to the White Sox for Ross Gload. He struggled again in 2007 and spent most of the season in the minors. He underwent Tommy John surgery on April 7, 2008.

January 14, 2005: Signed Chad Fox

Fox was shut down during the 2004 season with the Marlins after only 12 games due to ulnar neuritis. He only threw 8 innings before reinjuring his elbow in late April with the Cubs. He briefly retired, but was resigned by the Cubs in 2008, pitching only 3 innings before injury once again set in. He resigned with the Cubs prior to the 2009 season and after doing well in AAA he was added to the major league roster in early May. After just two games, however, he reinjured his arm and his career looks to be over.

January 20, 2005: Signed Cody Ransom

Ransom has appeared in 78 games for the Giants in 2004 with a .702 OPS. He was sold to the Texas Rangers on March 30, but released by the Rangers on May 25 after beginning the season at AAA. He was subsequently resigned by the Cubs on May 27 and played the rest of the season at Iowa. He spent all of 2006 and most of 2007 on Houston’s AAA team, although he had a brief call-up in 2007. He signed with the Yankees prior to the 2008 season and has bounced between AAA and the majors, filling in for injured infielders.

January 22, 2005: Signed Scott Williamson

After a 1.26 ERA in 28 games for the Red Sox in 2004, Williamson was signed to add depth to the Cubs bullpen. After struggling with injury and spending most of the season rehabbing in the minors, Williamson finally joined the Cubs in early August, pitching in 17 games with a 5.65 ERA over the last two months. He fared little better in 2006, posting a 5.08 ERA over 31 games, and he was subsequently traded to the Padres in late July. He struggled with the Padres and Orioles and has spent the last two seasons in the minor leagues.

February 2, 2005: Traded Sammy Sosa to the Baltimore Orioles for Jerry Hairston Jr., Mike Fontenot, and Dave Crouthers

Sosa’s OPS had been declining rapidly over the past few season and he had also become a clubhouse distraction. Hendry shipped him off to the Orioles for Hairston and two minor leaguers. Sosa would hit just .221/.295/.376 for the Orioles in 2005 and .252/.311/.468 for the Rangers in 2006 before retiring. In over 400 at-bats for the Cubs in 2005, Hairston hit just .261/.336/.368, and after starting out the season hitting just .207, he was traded to the Rangers in May 2006. He finished the season with the Rangers hitting .205 and followed that up with a dismal season in 2007, hitting just .189 in 159 at-bats. In over 250 at-bats for the Reds in 2007, he put up a solid .326/.384/.487 line as a backup, but he began the 2009 season hitting just .254 before being traded to the Yankees in July. Crouthers retired before joining the Cubs and he was replaced by cash at a later date. Fontenot ended up the steal of the deal. For AAA Ottawa in 2004 he had hit just .279 with 111 Ks in 524 at-bats as a 24-year-old. He improved each year in Iowa from 2005-2006, found himself splitting time between AAA and the majors in 2007, was major league back-up and pinch hitter in 2008, and is now the primary second basemen in 2009.

February 5, 2005: Signed Jeremy Burnitz

Signed to replace Sosa as the everyday right fielder, Burnitz did manage 24 HR and 87 RBI in 2005, but his overall line of .258/.322/.435 was – not surprisingly – very different from his Coors Field numbers from 2004. He was not re-signed following the 2005 season. After an even worse 2006 season for the Pirates, he retired.

February 9, 2005: Traded Kyle Farnsworth to the Detroit Tigers for Scott Moore, Bo Flowers, and Roberto Novoa

Farnsworth’s ERA had ballooned to 4.72 in 2004 and his WHIP rose to 1.50. He was sent to the Tigers who later traded him to the Braves. He accumulated an excellent 2.19 ERA split between the two teams. Since then, between the Yankees, Tigers again, and Royals, he has an ERA of 4.67 over three seasons. The Cubs were probably wise to part ways when they did. Flowers hit just .238 for Peoria in 2005 before moving to the independent leagues and then retiring. Novoa had performed extremely well at AA for the Tigers in 2004 and even received a brief call-up. Novoa posted a 4.33 ERA over 115 games out of the bullpen for the Cubs from 2005-2006. He was injured for the 2007 season and split time between the AAA affiliates of the Orioles and Giants in 2008. He remains unsigned in 2009. Moore was in High-A ball when the trade occurred and quickly moved up the minor league ladder for the Cubs, making brief appearances in the big leagues in 2006 and 2007 before being traded to the Orioles in August 2007. He was designated for assignment in February 2009 and is now in AAA for the Orioles. Overall, Novoa put up the type of numbers that were expected from Farnsworth out of the pen, without Farnsworth’s other baggage, and Moore proved useful in a trade later on. Not a steal of a deal, but an upgrade for the Cubs.

February 15, 2005: Signed Dave Hansen

The veteran pinch hitter failed to make the team out of spring training and he was released. He was subsequently signed by the Mariners, but he hit only .173 in what would turn out to be his last season.

March 26, 2005: Traded Travis Ezi to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mark Johnson

Ezi never advanced above AA and was in the independent leagues by 2007. Johnson was signed to be the third catcher in AAA and never made the big leagues in 2006 before re-signing with the Brewers to play a similar role.

March 29, 2005: Traded Ronald Bay to the Cleveland Indians for Cliff Bartosh

Acquired at the end of Spring Training to be another lefty in the pen, Bartosh posted a 5.49 ERA in 19 games for the Cubs in 2005 before being demoted to AAA. He continued to struggle there and was out of baseball in 2006. Ronald “Bear” Bay pitched in the Cleveland minor league system through 2007 before moving on to the independent leagues.

[edit] 2005 Season

May 7, 2005: Signed Darren Oliver

Oliver was released by the Diamondbacks in early May and then signed by the Cubs. He pitched poorly in just 3 games for Iowa before being released. The Cubs may have given up on him too early. He signed with the Mets that winter and from 2006-2009 with the Mets and Angels he has a 3.31 ERA in 226 IP out of the bullpen.

May 17, 2005: Signed Enrique Wilson

Wilson had been released by the Orioles a day earlier, but he hit just .136 in 22 at-bats for the Cubs before being released again. Those were the last big league games he would play.

May 28, 2005: Traded LaTroy Hawkins to the San Francisco Giants for David Aardsma and Jerome Williams

Hawkins was just 4-8 in save opportunities through May for the Cubs and was shipped off to the Giants. Since leaving Hawkins has been his usual inconsistent self, usually doing far better in the set-up role than when used as a closer or in pressure situations like with the Yankees. In 2008-2009 he has settled in as a set-up man for the Astros. Williams had gone 10-7 with a 4.24 ERA for the Giants in 2004, but struggled to start off 2005. With the Cubs, he was 6-8 with a 3.91 ERA as a starter the rest of the way. He spent much of 2006 in Iowa, where he struggled, was 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA for the Nationals in 2007, and has been in the minors since. Aardsma did well at AA for the Cubs in 2005, and appeared in 45 games out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2006, sporting a 4.08 ERA. He was traded to the White Sox following the 2006 season. He posted an ERA over 6.00 for the White Sox in 2007 and over 5.00 for the Red Sox in 2008. In 2009, however, he has emerged as the Mariner’s closer, compiling a 1.61 ERA with 26 saves through the end of July.

June 29, 2005: Released Joe Borowski

After 11 games Borowski was sporting a 6.55 ERA. The Cubs, however, gave up too early. He signed with the Rays two weeks later and posted a 3.82 ERA over 32 games to finish the season. He followed that up with 36 saves and a 3.75 ERA for the Marlins in 2006, and a league-leading 45 saves, albeit with a 5.07 ERA for the Indians in 2007. After struggling to start the 2008 season Borowski was released, but the Cubs could have benefited from the two and a half good seasons he had left.

July 18, 2005: Traded Jason Dubois to the Cleveland Indians for Jody Gerut

Gerut was just 1-14 in 11 games for the Cubs before being traded again to the Pirates. After battling injuries, Gerut enjoyed a resurgence with the Padres in 2008, but at the time the Cubs got him he was useless. Dubois hit just .222 for the Indians off the bench and he has not played in the majors again. He currently finds himself back in AAA for the Cubs.

July 31, 2005: Traded Jody Gerut to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Matt Lawton

Gerut, acquired two weeks earlier, was shipped off where he continued to struggle. Lawton had an .813 OPS for the Pirates, but this slipped to just .597 for the Cubs and he was shipped off to the Yankees a month later.

August 9, 2005: Traded Mike Remlinger to the Boston Red Sox for Olivo Astacio

Remlinger had an ERA over 14.00 for the Red Sox and he was released by the Braves in the middle of 2006, never to play again. Astacio never played a game in the Cubs system and after two years in the low minors for the Pirates was out of baseball.

August 27, 2005: Traded Matt Lawton to the New York Yankees for Justin Berg

Lawton struggled mightily for New York to finish the 2005 season, hitting just .125. After another poor season with the Mariners in 2006, he retired. Berg has worked his way up the Cubs minor leagues and now is in AAA, but at age 25, his time is running out to put it together.

August 29, 2005: Traded Todd Hollandsworth to the Atlanta Braves for Todd Blackford and Angelo Burrows

Hollandsworth had struggled as the everyday leftfielder for the Cubs in 2005 before being shipped off to the Braves. He hit just .171 for the Braves down the stretch and after splitting 2006 between the Reds and Indians, he retired. Burrows struggled mightily for Daytona in 2006 before being released and moving on to independent leagues. At age 23, Blackford finally put it together in 2008, going 7-1 with a 2.40 ERA for Daytona. He began 2009 at AA, but struggled, and was demoted back to Daytona.

[edit] 2005-2006 Off-Season

November 16, 2005: Sold Jon Leicester to the Texas Rangers

In 2004, Leicester had gone 5-1 with a 3.89 ERA in 32 games out of the Cubs pen, but after struggling to start the 2005 season he spent the rest of the year in AAA. After be sold to the Rangers, Leicester was injured for most of the 2006 season. He signed with the Orioles prior to 2007 and rose through their minor league system, even making a brief big league appearance. He spent all of 2008 in AAA for the Orioles, and now plays in Japan. No loss for the Cubs.

November 29, 2005: Signed Scott Eyre

Signed to bolster the bullpen, Eyre had a 3.38 ERA in 74 games in 2006 and a 4.13 ERA in 55 games in 2007. After struggling and battling through injuries to start the 2008 season, Eyre was traded to the Phillies where he put up a 1.88 ERA for the World Champions. He has 2.01 ERA through the end of July for the Phillies in 2009. The Cubs could have definitely used this lefty performance out of the bullpen in 2008-2009.

December 2, 2005: Signed Bob Howry

Howry was also added to give a veteran presence to the bullpen. In 84 games in 2006 he posted a 3.17 ERA, and followed that up with a 3.32 ERA in 78 games in 2007. In 2008, his last year with the Cubs, his ERA ballooned to over 5.00, his homerun rate almost doubled, and he gave up three more hits per nine innings than in 2007. He was not signed following the 2008 season, but has put up an ERA of 3.92 in 42 games so far in 2009 for the Giants.

December 7, 2005: Signed Jon Mabry

Mabry was signed to be the primary pinch hitter, but performed dismally, hitting just .205 in over 200 at-bats. He played briefly with Colorado in 2007 before retiring. Mabry had hit only .240 in 2005 with the Cardinals, and at age 35 there was no reason to believe he would improve. A poor signing by the Cubs.

December 7, 2005: Traded Sergio Mitre, Renyel Pinto, and Ricky Nolasco to the Florida Marlins for Juan Pierre

The Cubs were in need of a leadoff hitter and traded three highly regarded pitching prospects for Pierre. He performed as expected for the Cubs. He ran the ball down in the outfield, but had no arm. He had over 200 hits, but very few walks. He stole 58 bases, but also led the league in caught stealing with 20 (the FIFTH time he led the league in that category). His .717 OPS is right on his career mark of .718. What will stick in the minds of fans, however, is that on June 9 he was still hitting just .231. Most of his stats came the second half of the season when the Cubs were already well out of the playoff hunt. Pierre was not re-signed following the season. Mitre became a starter for the Marlins, but went just 6-13 with a 4.88 ERA over two seasons. He missed all of 2008 following Tommy John surgery. Now with the Yankees, he recovered and served a 50 game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. He recently made a few spot starts late in the season for the Yankees, with an ERA over 7.00. Pinto has turned into a solid lefty out of the pen for the Marlins. In 197 games over four seasons, he has a 3.64 ERA. Nolasco has been a starter for the Marlins, going 11-11 in 2006, missing most of 2007 due to injury, and then going 15-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 2008. He is 7-7 with a 5.00 ERA through 20 starts in 2009. This is by far one of Hendry’s worst trades as GM.

December 9, 2005: Lost Juan Mateo to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Rule 5 Draft

Mateo was returned by the Cardinals on March 26, 2006. He spent 2006 and 2007 with the Cubs minor leagues, although he had a brief stint with the big league team in 2006. He began 2008 with the Iowa Cubs, but struggled before getting demoted to AA. After continuing to struggle, he refused his demotion to A and became a free agent. He signed with the Pirates and remains on their AA team.

January 9, 2006: Traded Corey Patterson to the Baltimore Orioles for Nate Spears and Carlos Perez

The Cubs were fed-up with Patterson’s inconsistency and lack of development. His .215/.254/.348 line for 2005 was one of the worst lines for a starting centerfielder in Cubs history. He rebounded slightly for the Orioles in 2006-2007, stealing 45 and 37 bases respectively, and posting an OPS of .757 in 2006. In 2008, he hit just .205 for the Reds and is now struggling in AAA for the Nationals. Spears has moved his way up the Cubs system and starts 2009 in AAA at age 24. Perez, a catcher, is still just 21 and will play for short season Boise again in 2009.

January 10, 2006: Signed Jacque Jones

Jones was signed to be the Cubs primary right fielder. He played poor defense and posted a line of .285/.335/.453 over two seasons, but his home run total dropped from 27 in 2006 to just five in 2007. He was traded following the 2007 season.

January 23, 2006: Signed Wade Miller

Coming off injury, Miller was signed to incentive-laden deal similarly to Ryan Dempster. Miller spent most of 2006 in the minor leagues but made five starts at the end of 2006 for the Cubs. He re-signed with Cubs for 2007, but struggled to start the season, posting an ERA over 10.00 in 3 starts. He was again placed on the DL, spent a significant part of the season in the minors, and he was finally released late in the season. He did not play in 2008 and began 2009 with AAA for Toronto.

January 25, 2006: Bought Angel Pagan from the New York Mets

Pagan served as a reserve outfielder and pinch runner for the Cubs in 2006-2007 before being traded back to the Mets. He had a .721 OPS in just over 300 at-bats over two seasons for the Cubs. He also had options left and was able to be sent to AAA on a few occasions when needed. Not a great pick-up for the Cubs, but for the 25th man on the roster the Cubs could have done a lot worse for a small chunk of cash. He was later traded back to the Mets.

March 28, 2006: Traded Todd Wellemeyer to the Florida Marlins for Zach McCormack and Lincoln Holdzkom

Wellemeyer had a 6.19 ERA for the Cubs over 3 seasons (57 games) out of the pen. He struggled in Florida for the first half of the season and he was then claimed off waivers by the Royals where he posted a 3.63 the rest of the way. Wellemeyer then got off to a terrible start in 2007, and he was claimed off waivers in May by the Cardinals. Since joining the Cardinals, he has excelled in the rotation, including going 13-9 with a 3.71 ERA in 2008, although he has struggled with an ERA over 5.00 to start the 2009 season. McCormack never pitched in the Cubs system and left baseball completely. Holdzkom was released in early 2007 and he has never reached the major leagues. He is currently pitching in AA for the Pirates.

March 31, 2006: Traded John Koronka to the Texas Rangers in a Three-Team Deal and Received Freddie Bynum from the Baltimore Orioles

Bynum played all three outfield positions as well as second base for the Cubs in 2006, but hit poorly and was shipped off to the Orioles in a trade prior to 2007. Koronka struggled with the Rangers and spent 2008 split between the Rockies AAA team and Japan. He signed a minor league deal with the Marlins prior to the 2009 season.

[edit] 2006 Season

April 22, 2006: Signed Kerry Ligtenberg

A strong reliever from 1997-2003, Ligtenberg had struggled the previous two seasons. He was signed to a minor league contract and he spent the 2006 season at AAA Iowa, garnering 18 saves with a 3.57 ERA in 58 IP. He served as organizational depth in what would prove to be his last year in professional baseball.

May 18, 2006: Signed Tony Womack

Womack was released by the Reds and he spent a week in the minors before being recalled to the majors. He hit .280/.333/.360 before being released in late June. The 2006 season would prove to be his last in baseball.

May 19, 2006: Claimed Miguel Negron off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays

Negron joined the Cubs AA team and put up a .763 OPS over the remainder of the season. He was released in November and he spent 2007 in the Mets organization. He joined the White Sox in 2008 and began the 2009 season in AAA. He has yet to reach the majors.

May 31, 2006: Traded Jerry Hairston Jr. to the Texas Rangers for Phil Nevin

With Derrek Lee on the disabled list, the Cubs needed some more power in the lineup. Hairston was hitting just .207 at this point and hit only .205 for the Rangers the rest of the way, and hit just .189 in 2007. He rebounded in 2008 for the Reds and he is off to an OK start in 2009. Nevin performed well for the Cubs in 2006, putting up a line of .274/.335/.497 before being traded to the Twins on August 31 for Adam Harben.

July 22, 2006: Traded Scott Williamson to the San Diego Padres for Joel Santo and Fabian Jimenez Angulo

Sporting an ERA over 5.00, Williamson was shipped off to San Diego where he did even worse for the remainder of the 2006 season. He followed that up with another poor season for the Orioles in 2007 and has bounced around the minors since, most recently beginning 2009 with the Tigers AAA team. Santo struggled in the Cubs system and spent 2008 with the Astros High-A, putting up an ERA 5.70. He has not played in 2009. Jimenz Angulo performed poorly in 2006 in the Cubs minor league system, and was out of baseball in 2007.

July 31, 2006: Traded Todd Walker to the San Diego Padres for Jose Ceda

In another trade deadline deal, Walker was shipped off to the Padres where he performed well for the remainder of the year. He would have less than 50 at-bats for the A’s in 2007 before leaving baseball. Ceda became a solid relief prospect in the Cubs minor league system, reaching as high as AA, and was traded even-up for Kevin Gregg in the 2008-2009 off season. A good move by Hendry to get talent for a two-month rental of Walker.

July 31, 2006: Traded Greg Maddux to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Cesar Izturis

Maddux would go 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA down the stretch for the Dodgers. He would go 22-24 over 2007-2008 before retiring. Izturis was not a great return on Maddux. Just 26 when acquired, he was expected to be a solid shortstop for years to come. He hit just .233 during the rest of 2006 and started off 2007 hitting .246 before being sold to the Pirates in July. He has continued to put up similar numbers for the Cardinals and now Orioles.

August 20, 2006: Traded Neifi Perez to the Detroit Tigers for Chris Robinson

Perez was still owed $2.5 million for 2007, and yet Hendry convinced the Tigers to take him on in a trade to replace the injured Placido Polanco. Perez hit just .200 down the stretch for the Tigers and got off to a .172 start in 2007 before being suspended twice for amphetamines (the second and third times of this career), the last of which resulted in an 80-game suspension that ended his season. He has not played baseball since. Robinson was a catcher in high-A when acquired and has quickly risen through the Cubs’ system, reaching AAA in 2009. Just unloading Perez would have been a victory, but also getting some minor league talent makes this a great deal for Hendry.

August 31, 2006: Traded Phil Nevin to the Minnesota Twins for Adam Harben

With the Cubs out of the race, Nevin was no longer needed and shipped off to the Twins for the stretch drive where he hit just .190 in 42 at-bats in what would prove to be his last games in baseball. Harben had Tommy John surgery in November 2006 and missed all of the 2007 season save three Rookie League starts. After a disappointing return year in 2008, Harben was released, and he is now playing in the Mariner’s minor leagues.

September 5, 2006: Jerome Williams was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics

Williams had a 7.20 ERA at the time he was claimed. Since then he has played in the minor leagues for the A’s, Nationals, Dodgers, and Twins, with only a brief major league stint with the Nationals in 2007. He began 2009 in AAA for the A’s.

[edit] 2006-2007 Off-Season

November 14, 2006: Signed Mark DeRosa

In two seasons for the Cubs, DeRosa stayed healthy, filled in at multiple positions on the field, and in over 1,000 at-bats put up a .289/.373/.451 line. Prior to the 2009 season, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for three prospects. This is one of Hendry’s best free-agent signings.

November 16, 2006: Signed Koyie Hill

After some brief stints in the majors with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, Hill played exclusively in the minors in 2006 and he was looking for a change of scenery. In 2007-2008, Hill was the third catcher for the Cubs, starting at AAA and making big league appearances in both seasons. He was awarded for his efforts with the back-up catching job for the major league team in 2009.

November 16, 2006: Traded David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez to the Chicago White Sox for Neal Cotts

The Cubs were looking for a left-hander in the bullpen, and thought Cotts could serve that role. The inconsistent, but hard-throwing Aardsma had a 4.08 ERA in 53 IP for the Cubs in 2006 and Hendry was selling high. He struggled mightily for the White Sox in 2007 and Red Sox in 2008, with ERAs of 6.40 and 5.55 respectively. He has began well with the Mariners in 2009, however, with 6 saves already to go with a an ERA under 2.00. Vasquez never made the majors for the White Sox and began 2009 in AA for the Florida Marlins as a 26-year-old. Cotts had a stellar 2005 season, putting up an ERA of 1.94 in 69 games, but he has had trouble living up to that potential since. He struggled in 2006 and continued to do so after the trade. He spent significant parts of 2007-2008 in AAA Iowa and posted an ERA over 4.00 when in the majors. After a terrible start to the 2009 season, he was demoted to AAA again and in July underwent Tommy John surgery.

November 20, 2006: Signed Alfonso Soriano

Soriano was a major free agent signing for the Cubs, netting an eight-year, $136 million contract. Although he has battled injuries, Soriano was an All-Star in 2007-2008, putting up decent numbers out of the leadoff spot – averaging 31 HR, 19 SB, 86 R, and 72 RBI over the two seasons.

December 6, 2006: Traded Freddie Bynum to the Baltimore Orioles for Kevin Hart

A utility player, Bynum hit just .260 and .220 for the Orioles in 200 at-bats over the 2007-2008 seasons for the Orioles, before finding himself in the National’s minor league system for the 2009 season. Hart excelled in a late season call-up for the Cubs in 2007 (0.82 ERA in 8 games) and was rewarded with a post-season roster spot. He did not fare as well in 21 games out of the bullpen in 2008, but regained his form as a starter filling-in for the injured Ted Lilly in 2009 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a larger deal for John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny.

December 7, 2006: Selected Josh Hamilton from the Devil Rays in the Rule 5 Draft

Josh Hamilton was immediately sold to the Reds where he had a much-talked about rejuvenation year in 2007 with 19 homeruns and 47 RBI in only 298 at-bats. Following the 2007 season Hamilton was traded to the Rangers for Edinson Volquez and Danny Herrera. He was an All-Star and finished 7th in the MVP voting in 2008, although he has battled injuries in 2009.

December 7, 2006: Lost Edward Campusano to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Rule 5 Draft

Edward Campusano was drafted by the Brewers but immediately traded to the Tigers. He spent most of the 2007 season on the disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery and was returned to the Cubs on October 10, 2007. He is currently playing for AA Tennessee.

December 7, 2006: Lost Lincoln Holdzkom to the Houston Astros in the Rule 5 Draft

Lincoln Holdzkom was drafted by the Astros but did not make the team and was returned on March 11, 2007. He was released by the Cubs in spring training and signed by the Red Sox. After a solid 2007 season in the minors he was taken in the Rule 5 draft once again, this time by the Phillies. He failed to make the team, however, and was offered back to the Red Sox. They declined and he became a free agent, only to sign a minor league deal with the Red Sox. He is now pitching for their AAA team.

December 7, 2006: Lost Jason Smith to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Rule 5 Draft

Jason Smith was signed to a minor league contact by the Cubs after a 2006 season in which he played in nearly 50 games for the Rockies major league team. He was subsequently drafted by the Blue Jays in the Rule 5 a month later (which begs the question: why didn’t the Blue Jays just sign him themselves?). He hit .212 in 27 games for the Blue Jays, and was placed on waivers where he was claimed by the Diamondbacks. After just two games, he was designated for assignment, but soon after found himself in the hospital suffering from a burst appendix. After coming off the DL his 10-day waiver period began and he was claimed by the Royals. He was signed to a one-year contract following the season and later accepted his outright assignment to AAA where he is playing now.

December 15, 2006: Signed Ted Lilly

Lilly was an excellent signing for the Cubs. Coming off a 15-13 2006 season for the Blue Jays, Lilly went 15-8 and 17-9 for the Cubs in 2007-2008, and was their lone All-Star representative in 2009.

December 15, 2006: Signed Daryl Ward

Ward had hit .308 as a pinch-hitter with the Nationals and Braves in 2006, and he excelled in that role for the Cubs in 2007, putting up a .327/.436/.527 line in 110 at-bats. He struggled, however, in 2008, hitting just .216. He did not make the Reds out of spring training in 2009 and is currently out of baseball.

December 19, 2006: Signed Jason Marquis

Marquis went 12-9 and 11-9 as a back of the rotation starter for the Cubs in 2007-2008. He was never injured, he ate innings, and was also able to pinch-hit and run for the team. But he was an expensive 5th starter and could be replaced by younger, cheaper talent from the Cubs’ system, and so was traded prior to the 2009 season to the Rockies. Here he has experienced a bit of a resurgence, going 12-7 through the end of July and posting an ERA about a run below his career average.

January 12, 2007: Signed Tomas Perez

Perez, a veteran utility infielder, was later sold to the Dodgers during spring training. He played in eight games for the Astros in 2008, but has otherwise bounced around the minor leagues.

January 24, 2007: Signed Cliff Floyd

Signed to be the Cubs’ primary right fielder in 2007, Floyd hit .284/.373/.422, but in only 108 games as he battled injuries. He was not re-signed following the season and has since played with the Rays in 2008 and Padres in 2009, continuing to battle injuries and putting up mediocre numbers at the plate.

February 13, 2007: Traded Jae Kuk Ryu to the Tampa Bay Rays for Andrew Lopez and Gregory Reinhard

Once a top prospect, Ryu struggled mightily after joining the Rays in 2007 and spent most of 2008 in the minor leagues. He is not pitching with a major league franchise in 2009. Lopez struggled in the low minor leagues for the Cubs in 2007 and is now out of baseball. Reinhard has steadily moved up the Cubs’ system, and he began the 2009 season at AAA. Through the end of July, he had a 4.84 ERA in 33 games. He is only 25 and may still have potential as a reliever.

[edit] 2007 Season

June 20, 2007: Traded Michael Barrett to the San Diego Padres for Rob Bowen and Kyler Burke

Not only was Barrett hitting just .250, but his public fight with Carlos Zambrano meant he had to go. He was shipped out in June to the Padres where he hit just .226 the rest of the way. He did even worse in 2008 for the Padres and has appeared in just seven games for the Blue Jays in 2009. Bowen platooned with Koyie Hill at catcher until he was traded a month later for Jason Kendall. Bowen did not do well for the A’s and is currently out of baseball. Burke is an intriguing prospect with one of the best outfield arms in the game. He is still young and at age 21 has shown signs of putting it together with a .285/.374/.463 line for A Peoria in 2009.

July 17, 2007: Traded Rob Bowen and Jerry Blevins to the Oakland Athletics for Jason Kendall

Kendall immediately became the starting catcher and hit .270 with a .362 OBP for the Cubs down the stretch. He has spent 2008-2009 as the catcher for the Brewers, although his performance has continued to decline. Blevins posted a 3.11 ERA in 36 games for the A’s in 2008, but he has spent most of 2009 in AAA. Overall, the trade turned out to be a plus for the Cubs. Hendry essentially turned a declining, distraction in Barrett into Kendall for the remainder of 2007, while swapping Blevins for Burke.

July 19, 2007: Sold Cesar Izturis to the Pittsburgh Pirates

Izturis performed poorly for the Cubs and was sold to the Pirates. Since then he has hit near his career average of .260 for the Pirates, Cardinals, and Orioles.

August 6, 2007: Released Wade Miller

An aging and oft-injured Miller has not pitched in the majors again since his release, although he has attempted a comeback in 2009 in the Blue Jay’s minor league system.

August 23, 2007: Traded Clay Rapada to the Detroit Tigers for Craig Monroe

Rapada had a 4.22 ERA in 25 games for the Tigers in 2008. He continues to move between the big league roster and AAA for the Tigers. Monroe hit just .204 in 23 games for the Cubs and was traded to the Twins the off-season.

August 30, 2007: Traded Buck Coats to the Cincinnati Reds for Marcos Mateo

Coats has had brief appearances for the Reds and then the Blue Jays, but primarily serves as AAA depth in the Blue Jays organization. Mateo is now 25 and is pitching for AA Tennessee, compiling a 4.33 ERA so far in 22 games.

August 31, 2007: Traded Scott Moore, Rocky Cherry, and Jacob Renshaw to the Baltimore Orioles for Steve Trachsel

Many felt that Hendry overpaid to get Trachsel for four starts down the stretch, in which he went 1-3 with an 8.31 ERA. He would pitch in only 10 more games in 2008 for the Orioles before his career was over. But the prospects have not panned out. Cherry struggled mightily in his major league call-ups and is now a 29-year old in AAA for the Red Sox. Moore was designated for assignment by the Orioles, not claimed, and re-signed to a minor league contract. He is currently hitting .250 in AAA-Norfolk. Renshaw is still just 23 and is playing his second year of High-A ball for the Orioles. He has potential, but overall this deal was low-impact for both teams.

[edit] 2007-2008 Off-Season

November 12, 2007: Traded Jacque Jones to the Detroit Tigers for Omar Infante

Jones played poor defense and posted a line of .285/.335/.453 over two seasons, but his home run total dropped from 27 in 2006 to just five in 2007. He was traded following the 2007 season. He hit just .147 between the Tigers and Marlins in 2008 and is currently out of baseball. Infante would be traded less than a month later to the Braves.

November 13, 2007: Traded Craig Monroe to the Minnesota Twins for Doug Deeds

Monroe had hit just .204 in 23 games for the Cubs in 2007 and fared no better for the Twins, hitting .202 in 58 games. After performing similarly, he was released in mid-season by the Pirates in 2009. As a 27-year old, Deeds hit .325 in AA in 2008 and moved up to AAA in 2009 for the Cubs.

December 4, 2007: Traded Omar Infante and Will Ohman to the Atlanta Braves for Jose Ascanio

Ohman had worn out is welcome with the Cubs and was shipped out, posting a 3.68 ERA out of the bullpen for the Braves in 2008. He has struggled, however, for the Dodgers in 2009. Infante put up a .293/.338/.416 line in over 300 at-bats in 2008, and remains a back-up infielder for the Braves. Ascanio was the key to the deal for the Cubs. He averaged nearly a strikeout an inning in AAA Iowa in 2009 and posted a 3.52 ERA in 15 games for the Cubs out of the bullpen. He was then traded to the Pirates as part of the John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny deal.

December 6, 2007: Lost Randy Wells to the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rule 5 Draft

Randy Wells was selected by the Blue Jays, but after appearing in only one game he was returned to the Cubs. Luckily for the Cubs they got him back. Wells went 12-10 with a 3.05 EAR 27 starts for the Cubs in 2009.

December 6, 2007: Acquired Rule 5 pick Tim Lahey from the Tampa Bay Rays for Cash

Coming with Rule 5 restrictions it was always doubtful Lahey was going to crack the big league roster. After performing well in spring training he was nonetheless placed on waivers in late March and claimed by the Phillies. He began the season in the big league bullpen, but after not appearing in a game, was once again placed on waivers where he was re-claimed by the Twins. Since then, however, he has struggled, posting an ERA over 5.00 in back-to-back season in AAA.

December 19, 2007: Signed Kosuke Fukudome

The former Japanese batting champion was signed to a three-year contract by Hendry. He brought great defense and a high on-base percentage at the plate, but after a torrid start to the season struggled mightily at the plate down the stretch to the point of being benched. He has performed more consistently in 2009, particularly after settling in center field and as the leadoff hitter.

January 5, 2008: Traded Angel Pagan to the New York Mets for Ryan Meyers and Corey Coles

Pagan had been a fourth outfielder for the Cubs and filled the same role for the Mets. But whereas for the Cubs in 2006-2007 his combined line was .255/.306/.415, for the Mets in 2008-2009 he is at .295/.348/.454. Meyers pitched in only six games for High-A Daytona in 2008 for the Cubs and is no longer in baseball. Coles played out the 2008 season with AA and AAA, but was not brought back for 2009.

January 11, 2008: Signed Chad Fox

After he briefly retired, Fox was resigned by the Cubs in 2008, but pitched in only 3 innings before injury once again set in. He resigned with the Cubs prior to the 2009 season and after doing well in AAA he was added to the major league roster in early May. After just two games, however, he reinjured his arm and his career looks to be over.

January 16, 2008: Signed Jon Lieber

In 26 games out of the bullpen in 2008, Lieber posted a 4.05 ERA in what would be his last major league appearances.

March 25, 2008: Signed Reed Johnson

Released by the Blue Jays in spring training, Johnson was quickly scooped up by the Cubs. He rewarded them with a .303/.358/.420 line in 2008 while playing excellent defense. He is back for 2009 as a fourth outfielder and starter against left-handers.

[edit] 2008 Season

May 6, 2008: Signed Hector Carrasco

The veteran Carrasco was signed as minor league bullpen depth and had a 3.86 ERA in 42 games at AAA Iowa, but he was not called up and not brought back for the 2009 season. He is currently out of baseball.

May 14, 2008: Signed Jim Edmonds

Edmonds was hitting .178 for the Padres when he was released, but Hendry took a flyer on him and it paid off royally. Edmonds played great defense and hit 19 home runs in just 250 at-bats for the Cubs the rest of the way. With a .369 OBP and .568 SLG he solidified centerfield for the remainder of the season. Many wonder why he was not at least considered for 2009, yet no team even gave the 38-year old an audition.

May 19, 2008: Signed Jason Dubois

Dubois was signed merely as AAA depth where he continues to play. As per his usual he is hitting well in AAA and displaying a wealth of power, he just has simply never been able to translate that into success at the big league level.

June 12, 2008: Signed Ben Broussard

The veteran Broussard was released by the Yankees and he signed by the Cubs to a minor league contract. He was released, however, just a month later after performing poorly at AA and AAA. He began 2009 in the White Sox minor league system.

July 8, 2008: Traded Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson, and Josh Donaldson to the Oakland Athletics for Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin

In a major move, Hendry acquired a top of the line starting pitcher to match the Brewer’s addition of CC Sabathia. Harden responded to the pennant race with a 1.77 ERA in 12 starts. He is 7-7 in 19 starts in 2009 for the Cubs. Guadin had a 6.26 ERA out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2008 and was released in spring training 2009. He signed with the Padres where he has a 5.13 ERA in 20 games. Murton bounced between AAA and the majors for the A’s in 2008 and was traded to the Rockies for a minor leaguer in the off-season. He continues to play at AAA with brief call-ups for the Rockies. Patterson continues to tear up AAA, but has not had success in brief stints with the A’s. Still just 26 he will get more time to work it out. Gallagher, viewed by many as the key to the deal, struggled with the A’s, got injured, and was traded to the Padres in July 2009 for Scott Hairston. He is still just 23 and has the potential to be a major league starter. Donaldson is a former first round pick and is also just 23. He has moved is way up the A’s system and began the 2009 season at AA where he has a .276/.400/.426 line through July. Overall, this trade is tough to evaluate at this stage given the youth of many of the prospects. Murton was easily replaceable and the Cubs had other starting pitching prospects to step-in for Gallagher. Patterson is a bit old for a prospect, but may prove yet to be a viable major league second baseman, and Donaldson has star potential.

August 7, 2008: Traded Scott Eyre to the Philadelphia Phillies for Brian Schlitter

After struggling and battling through injuries to start the 2008 season, Eyre was traded to the Phillies where he put up a 1.88 ERA for the World Champions. He has 2.01 ERA through the end of July for the Phillies in 2009. The Cubs could have definitely used this lefty performance out of the bullpen in 2008-2009. Schlitter did well in High-A in 2008 but has struggled starting 2009 in AA. But he is still just 23.

September 22, 2008: Claimed Brad Snyder off waivers from the Cleveland Indians

Snyder was the Indians’ 2003 first round draft pick and moved quickly through their system, but hit just .263 and .246 in back-to-back seasons at AAA in 2007-2008. So far, however, Snyder has flourished in the Cubs system. He began 2009 hitting .319/.353/.667 for AAA Iowa before being derailed by an injury. He returned to the lineup, however, in early August.

[edit] 2008-2009 Off-Season

October 29, 2008: Lost Casey McGehee on waivers to the Milwaukee Brewers

Just 25, and after a successful 2008 season at AAA in his first full year at that level, many felt it odd that the Cubs risked losing McGehee. The Brewers claimed him and they have reaped the rewards since. He put up a .301/.360/.499 line in nearly 355 at-bats for the big league club in 2009, while playing 2B, 3B, and OF.

November 3, 2008: Traded Matt Avery to the Washington Nationals for Ryan Buchter

Avery has an ERA over 4.00 in AA in 2009 as a 25-year-old. As a 22-year old, Buchter has posted a 1.53 ERA in 30 games for A Peoria in 2009. The jury is still out on this deal.

November 13, 2008: Traded Jose Ceda to the Florida Marlins for Kevin Gregg

Ceda, acquired earlier for Todd Walker, excelled for the Cubs in AA in 2008. After the trade he had shoulder surgery is out for the entire season. Just 22 years old, he still has a world of potential. Gregg has settled into the closer’s role nicely for the Cubs in 2009.

December 1, 2008: Signed Mark Johnson

The 32-year-old veteran was signed as catching depth in the Cubs’ system for 2009, but has spent much of the year injured.

December 3, 2008: Signed Chad Fox

After numerous injuries, Fox re-signed with the Cubs prior to the 2009 season and after doing well in AAA he was added to the major league roster in early May. After just two games, however, he reinjured his arm and his career looks to be over.

December 11, 2008: Claimed David Patton in the Rule 5 Draft from the Rockies

Patton had never played above High-A ball yet was taken in the Rule 5 Draft by the Cubs. He performed well during spring training and made the team after which he was inconsistent in mostly mop-up appearances out of the bullpen. He sustained a groin injury in the middle of the season and has been on the disabled list since July 6. If the Cubs can find a way to keep him in the system, they may have picked up a solid pitching prospect for virtually nothing.

December 16, 2008: Signed Joey Gathright

Gathright was signed to add some speed to the team and serve as a backup outfielder. After making the team out of spring training he struggled to start the year and was traded to the Orioles after which he was demoted to AAA where he remains.

December 31, 2008: Signed Aaron Miles

After a stellar 2008 campaign for Cardinals, well above his career averages, Miles was given a two-year contract to compete at second base and backup shortstop and third base. So far in 2009, Miles has been injured twice and is hitting just .198 in 126 at-bats.

December 31, 2008: Traded Mark DeRosa to the Cleveland Indians for Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer, and John Gaub

In two seasons for the Cubs, DeRosa stayed healthy, filled in at multiple positions on the field, and in over 1,000 at-bats put up a .289/.373/.451 line. Thus many fans were upset when he was traded prior to the 2009 for three players not likely to help the team much in 2009. Moreover, when Aramis Ramirez went on the disabled list early in the season, the Cubs had no one to easily shift to cover the position as they would have with DeRosa. The struggles of Mike Fontenot and Aaron Miles at second base only reinforced the nostalgia for DeRosa. DeRosa has struggled some this season between the Indians and the Cardinals, to which he was subsequently traded, but has still managed 20 homeruns and 62 RBI in just over 400 plate appearances. The prospects the Cubs received, however, have shown promise to date. Stevens compiled a 2.18 ERA in 30 games at AAA and has 2.84 ERA in five big league games. Archer, just 20 years old, has a 2.82 ERA in 21 starts for A Peoria. After posting a 2.83 ERA in 26 for AA Tennessee, Gaub, left-handed and just 24, was promoted to Iowa where he has a miniscule 0.61 ERA in 12 games so far.

January 6, 2009: Traded Jason Marquis to the Colorado Rockies for Luis Vizcaino

Marquis went 12-9 and 11-9 in 2007-2008, but he was an expensive fifth starter and so he was traded prior to the 2009 season to the Rockies. Here he has experienced a bit of a resurgence, going 12-7 through the end of July and posting an ERA about a run below his career average. Vizcaino did not give up a run in four games, but was released due to to disciplinary reasons in late April. The Indians signed him, but he struggled out of the pen and was released by them on June 30. The end result of this move for the Cubs was saving the $4 million difference in salaries between the two players for 2009.

January 8, 2009: Signed Milton Bradley

The controversial Bradley was signed to a three-year, $30 million contract to be the Cubs starting right fielder. Through the end of July, Bradley is hitting a disappointing .250/.389/.385, although his play has improved since early in the season when he was batting near .200 and spent time on the disabled list.

January 14, 2009: Signed So Taguchi

The veteran Taguchi was signed to provide outfield depth in the Cubs’ system and played 2009 in AAA, with a brief call-up late in the season.

January 18, 2009: Traded Felix Pie to the Baltimore Orioles for Garrett Olson and Henry Williamson

The Cubs finally gave up on the talented Pie and traded him to the Orioles. He has hit a lowly .240 with virtually no speed or power in a reserve outfield role for the Orioles in 2009. Olson as quickly traded again ten days later to the Mariners. Williamson, just 23, has spent the season at High-A Daytona, posting a 4.03 ERA in 31 games.

January 20, 2009: Signed Mike Stanton

The veteran Stanton was brought in to compete for a lefty bullpen spot, but he was released at the end of spring training and remains unemployed.

January 28, 2009: Traded Garrett Olson and Ronny Cedeno to the Seattle Mariners for Aaron Heilman

The lefty Olson, recently acquired from the Orioles, is 3-5 with a 5.58 ERA in 11 starts for the Mariners on 2009. Cedeno battled injuries and hit just .167 for the Mariners before being traded to the Pirates in late July. Although a few bad outings have risen his ERA, Heilman has been a consistent reliever for the Cubs, appearing in 50 games so far in 2009 with an ERA just over 4.00.

January 30, 2009: Signed Paul Bako

Bako was brought in to compete with Koyie Hill for the back-up catcher position in spring training. He lost out to Hill and he was released. He subsequently signed with the Phillies where he has hit .167 in 48 at-bats as their backup catcher.

February 2, 2009: Traded Rich Hill to the Baltimore Orioles for Future Considerations

The talented Rich Hill, who struggled through 2008 with the mental side of the game, was traded to the Orioles prior to spring training. With the Orioles, he has posted a 7.80 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) before being shut down for the season due to an injury. The unofficial word is that the Orioles trade of Ryan Freel represents the player to be named later for Rich Hill.

February 2, 2009: Traded Michael Wuertz to the Oakland Athletics for Richie Robnett and Justin Sellers

In an inexplicable move, Hendry dealt Wuertz, one of the Cubs most reliable bullpen arms, for two unheralded minor leaguers. Wuertz is currently 6-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 50 games for the A’s in 2009. After hitting under .200 at AA and AAA, Robnett was released. Sellers, a 23-year old shortstop, was sent to the Dodgers for future considerations and his hitting .304 in AA.

[edit] 2009 Season

April 1, 2009: Traded Rocky Roquet to the Oakland Athletics for a Player to be Named Later

Roquet was traded due to a minor league roster crunch at the end of spring training. So far with the A’s he has an ERA over nearly 5.00 in AA. There has been no word yet on the player the Cubs will receive in return.

April 5, 2009: Released Chad Gaudin

Gaudin had a 6.26 ERA out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2008 and was released in spring training 2009. He signed with the Padres where he has a 5.13 ERA in 20 games.

April 23, 2009: Released Luis Vizcaino

Vizcaino did not give up a run in four games, but was released due to disciplinary reasons in late April. The Indians signed him, but he struggled out of the pen and was released by them on June 30.

May 8, 2009: Traded Joey Gathright to the Baltimore Orioles for Ryan Freel

Gathright was signed to add some speed to the team and serve as a backup outfielder. After making the team out of spring training he struggled to start the year and was traded to the Orioles after which he was demoted to AAA where he remains. Ryan Freel was injured almost immediately after joining the Cubs and hit only .143 in 28 at-bats for the Cubs. He was subsequently traded to the Royals in early July.

July 2, 2009: Traded Alberto Alburquerque to the Colorado Rockies for Jeff Baker

Alburquerque is just 23, and has had some success pitching in A and High A for the Cubs. He is currently continuing to do well for the Rockies’ AA team. Baker has entered into a platoon with Fontenot at 2B and has also played 1B and 3B for the Cubs. His role on the team remains to be seen after the return of Aaron Miles.

July 6, 2009: Traded Ryan Freel to the Kansas City Royals for Future Considerations

Ryan Freel was injured almost immediately after joining the Cubs and hit only .143 in 28 at-bats. He was subsequently traded to the Royals in early July, but released by the Royals in early August.

July 16, 2009: Signed B. J. Ryan

Recently released by the Blue Jays, Ryan pitched just five innings for AAA Iowa before being released.

July 30, 2009: Traded Kevin Hart, Jose Ascanio, and Josh Harrison to the Pittsburgh Pirates for John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny

Hart was 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 27 IP for the Cubs in 2009 and filled in admirably in the rotation for the injured Ted Lilly. Ascanio bounced between AAA and the big leagues but posted a 3.52 ERA out of the bullpen for the Cubs in limited action. Harrison was a sixth round draft pick in 2008 and was playing in A when traded. Grabow provides the Cubs with a veteran lefty in the bullpen for the stretch drive and Gorzelanny will fill in for Ted Lilly in the rotation until he returns.

September 4, 2009: Claimed Thomas Diamond off Waivers from the Texas Rangers

[edit] 2009-2010 Off-Season

October 16, 2009: Released So Taguchi

November 19, 2009: Re-Signed John Grabow

November 19, 2009: Traded Aaron Heilman to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Scott Maine and Ryne White

December 3, 2009: Traded Aaron Miles and Jake Fox to the Oakland Athletics for Jeff Gray, Mathew Spencer, and Ronny Morla

December 10, 2009: Claimed Mike Parisi off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals

December 18, 2009: Traded Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Silva

January 2, 2010: Signed Marlon Byrd

January 9, 2010: Signed Bryan LaHair to minor league deal.

January 13, 2010: Signed Vince Perkins to a minor league deal.

January 13, 2010: Signed Jeff Kennard to a minor league deal.

January 27, 2010: Signed Chad Tracy to minor league deal.

January 29, 2010: Signed Xavier Nady

February 4, 2010: Sign Kevin Millar to minor league deal.

March 27, 2010: Traded Andres Blanco to the Texas Rangers for a PTBNL or cash.

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