The Chicago Cubs and reliever Michael Wuertz agreed upon a 1-year, $1.1 million deal for the 2009 MLB season. Wuertz was the last arbitration-eligible player that the Cubs needed to sign before today’s deadline. By finalizing the deal, Cubs GM Jim Hendry kept his streak alive as he has not had to submit numbers to an actual arbitration panel during his tenure as Cubs GM.
Wuertz made 45 appearances for the Cubs during the 2008 MLB season. He was 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA. He also spent some time with the Cubs Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. In 2007, Wuertz made the 2nd most appearances for the Cubs with 73. He was a reliable member of the bullpen that season – going 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA. Wuertz should make the Cubs roster in 2009, but there will be some competition with recent signees like Luis Vizcaino, Garrett Olson and Dave Stevens.