The Chicago Cubs and outfielder Felix Pie finally parted ways over the weekend. The Cubs have always had high hopes for Pie, and they even had him slated in as the everyday center fielder to start the 2008 campaign. It became clear early on, however, that Pie would not be able to hit big league pitching on a regular, consistent basis. Pie played in only 43 games during the 2008 MLB season, hitting .241 with a .312 on-base percentage in 83 at-bats. He struck out 29 times and walked only 7 times, a very poor percentage given his best talent is his blazing speed. Pie will turn 24 in February, but the Cubs still felt it was time to make the move to deal him for 2 promising pitchers.
Garrett Olson is a 25-year left-handed pitcher from Fresno, California. Olson started 26 games for the Orioles during the 2008 campaign. He went 9-10 with a high 6.65 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. Control tended to be an issue for Olson – he walked 62 batters in only 132 2/3 innings. He also gave up a whopping 17 home runs and 98 earned runs. But Olson did rank fairly high among American League rookies in terms of starts, wins, innings pitched and strikeouts. Olson could fit into the mix as the 5th starter for the Cubs during the 2009 MLB season.
The Cubs also landed Henry Williamson in the deal. Williamson is a right-handed pitcher who will likely start the 2009 season in the Cubs farm system.