The Cubs continued to make some minor moves this week. The Cubs traded reliever Michael Wuertz to the Oakland A’s for 2 minor league players. Wuertz made 265 appearances over his 5 seasons with the Chicago Cubs. He compiled a respectable 3.57 ERA and went 13-7 with 1 save at the major league level. Cubs GM Jim Hendry stated that it was a good move for the Cubs, the A’s and for Wuertz too. Hendry felt that with the new pitching acquisitions this off-season, Wuertz might not be able to compete for a spot on the opening day roster. By moving him to the A’s now, Hendry felt like Wuertz would have a better shot at staying at the major league level for the A’s instead of having to spend some of his baseball season at the minor league level.
The Cubs acquired minor league infielder Justin Sellers. Sellers is only 23 years old and he batted .255, with 6 home runs, 46 RBI’s and 10 stolen bases in 123 games at the Double-A level.
The Cubs also acquired minor league outfielder Richie Robnett. Robnett is only 25 years old and he played in 82 games at the Triple-A level before having to undergo season-ending surgery to remove a stomach tumor. He is a career .256 hitter at the minor league level.