The Chicago Cubs traded Aaron Heilman to the Arizona Diamondbacks for 2 prospects today. The move was done to move an arbitration-eligible player like Heilman – the Cubs still have 7 other players who are arbitration-eligible. That list includes – Carlos Marmol, Ryan Theriot, Sean Marshall, Jeff Baker, Mike Fontenot, Koyie Hill and Angel Guzman.
Heilman made 70 appearances for the Chicago Cubs during the 2009 MLB schedule – his only season with the Cubs, the team that he rooted for as a kid growing up in Indiana. Heilman went 4-4 with 1 save and 6 blown saves. He had a 4.11 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, striking out 65 while walking 34.
Cubs GM Jim Hendry explained the move this way: “As we move forward in the winter, the way our big league club sets up and the way we have a lot of arb guys, we felt we needed to move some people a little bit before we get to Indianapolis… We feel like we got two solid prospects from the Diamondbacks… We feel we have some young arms who can take [Heilman's] place in that part of the bullpen.” Those arms include Guzman, Esmailin Caridad and Justin Berg.
So just who did the Cubs get for Heilman:
Lefty Scott Maine – 4-5 with a 2.90 ERA and 7 saves in Double A and Triple A during 2009.
2nd baseman Ryan White – .266 batting average with 6 HR’s, 52 RBI’s and a .371 on-base percentage at the Class A level in 2009.