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Cubs Trade Michael Wuertz To A’s

Posted on 03 February 2009 by Lou

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.

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Hendry, Cubs Avoid Arbitration With Michael Wuertz

Posted on 21 January 2009 by Lou

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.

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