Cubs GM Jim Hendry did not sit pat leading up to the July 31st trading deadline. And although he didn’t land a big splash like Matt Holliday, Victor Martinez or Jake Peavy, he did add a much-needed lefty to the Cubs bullpen.
John Grabow has been a solid left-handed reliever for the Pirates the last 2 seasons. During the 2009 MLB schedule, Grabow appeared in 45 games for the Pirates, going 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He had 41 K’s against 28 walks. In 2008, Grabow appeared in 74 games, going 6-3 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. He had 62 K’s and only 37 walks. For much of the season since Neal Cotts’ season-ending injury, the Cubs have relied upon just 1 lefty in the bullpen – Sean Marshall. Marshall has been a rock since moving from the 5th starter into the bullpen role, but it’s nice for Marshall to have some company back there. Grabow made his Cubs debut against the Marlins in Florida on Friday night. After walking Jeremy Hermida to lead off the 6th inning, Grabow retired the next 3 batters to work a successful scoreless inning.
The Cubs also acquired Tom Gorzelanny in the deal. Gorzelanny has made 15 starts at the Triple-A level in 2009, going 4-3 with a 2.48 ERA. Gorzelanny has made 65 career starts the major league level, going 25-26 with a 4.79 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. With the departure of Kevin Hart in the deal, Gorzelanny could find himself in the Cubs rotation until Ted Lilly returns from the DL.
Kevin Hart pitched well for the Cubs in 2009, especially as a starter the last 4 starts. Hart was 3-1 overall, winning each of his last 3 starts. He had compiled a 2.60 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP. The Cubs also dealt Jose Ascansio to the Pirates along with Single-A infielder Josh Harrison.