Remlinger Traded To Red Sox

Left-handed reverse-split reliever Mike Remlinger, who was designated for assignment last Friday to make room on the roster for the players returning from the disabled list, has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for "a minor league pitcher" whose identity has yet to be confirmed. Expect a far lesser name than the likes of Anibal Sanchez, Jon Papelbon, Jon Lester and Abe Alvarez, and the Cubs to be chipping in some money too. We'll have an update and a profile of the prospect as soon as we get a name. [Update: Olivio Astacio is the name, and the extent of the profile I can give you on him is that he's Dominican and 21 years old. When signed as an international free agent by the Red Sox a few years ago, he was considered a good prospect with a live arm. His numbers though have been relatively unimpressive, he's apparently been suspended and sent back to the DR this year, and he's still a long way away from the majors regardless.] The Red Sox are making a habit of acquiring elderly lefty relievers from us. Last year, the Cubs traded journeyman Jimmy Anderson to the Red Sox for a minor league reliever named Andrew Shipman and a player to be named later that ended up being Anderson himself. Anderson made just five appearances out of the Boston bullpen, pitching six ineffective innings, before the Red Sox dispatched him from whence he came. He spent the rest of the year in our minor league system, and right now you can find him pitching for the Devil Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham, North Carolina. Let's hope, for the Red Sox's sake, that a better fate awaits Remlinger. Andrew Shipman though, aged 23 but blessed with unremarkable stuff, is having quite a season at Double-A, posting a 54.0 IP, 47 H, 0 HR, 26 BB, 56 K, 3.00 ERA line. Indeed, not a single home run allowed in over fifty innings. It may be a pitcher's league and a pitcher's park, and he may not ever project as a major leaguer, but he's certainly giving those in West Tennessee some enjoyable innings. If only the fans in Chicago could say the same more often.

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and hopefully, the cubs have learned, after unloading their second ludicrously overpaid reliever, that you don't tie up that much cash in non-closer relief pitching.

>you don't tie up that much cash in non-closer relief pitching....

You mean like $9.5 million to non-closer relief pitcher Kerry Wood?

The Boston Red Sox tried to bolster their bullpen with yet another left-hander, getting Mike Remlinger and cash from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday for minor league pitcher Olivo Astacio.

A quick search on Astacio pulled this bio ...

6'-5", 190, R/R, Born 7/28/84, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In another roster move, the Cubs recalled outfielder Corey Patterson from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Ronny Cedeno to Iowa.

>>You mean like $9.5 million to non-closer relief pitcher Kerry Wood?

well, we all know KW is a starter. this bullpen stint is stupid and will hopefully end in about 4-5 games when the cubs are 10+ games out of the WC "chase"

From Rotoworld:

"Red Sox acquired LHP Mike Remlinger and cash from the Cubs for RHP Olivo Astacio.
It's surprising that the Cubs couldn't get a better prospect than the 21-year-old Astacio. Remlinger will slide right into the Boston pen, likely taking the spot of Manny Delcarmen. He seems like a pretty good pickup, but we suppose that doesn't guarantee that he'll spend more than a week on the roster."

I guess that Theo Epstein's just a hard guy to fleece....

Darn, I was really hoping we could've gotten Jon Lester, if for no other reason than it would be funny to see him on a team with Jon Leicester.

"Yes, I'm Jon Lester, no the other one - without the 3 silent letters."

And a minor correction. If Jimmy Anderson's pitching playing for the Durham Bull's, he's property of the Mighty Tampa Bay D-Rays. The Twins AAA team is the Rochester Red Wings.

should have traded him to san fran for marquis grissom, he just got DFAd too. Oh, well Korey's coming back up anyhow.

Thanks for the heads up, Blue, Durham is the Devil Rays, you're right. Don't know why I saw Durham and thought Twins.

From Cubs.com

"Astacio, 21, has gone 7-11 with a 4.33 ERA in 38 career games in the Red Sox organization. The right-hander has struck out 110 batters and allowed just 4 home runs in 139.1 innings of work. Astacio has worked primarily as a starter (31 games) and had his greatest success with Boston's Gulf Coast affiliate in 2004 - where he posted a 3.13 ERA and hurled his first career complete game."

I couldn't find anything on milb.com on him. Sounds like he has a good K rate. Maybe we should try to put him in middle relief in Boise and see how he does. Do you think if we had offered Burny, Dempster, and Rusch to the Sox before the deadline do you think they would given us Sanchez or one of the Jons?

Who takes Remlinger's spot on the major league roster?

remlinger was already DFA'ed off the roster to make room for the miracle three callup in nyc. (wood, williamson, nomar).

lineup:
lawton walker lee aramis burnitz nomar corey blanco prior

The one moment I will always remember of Remlinger's Cubs tenure: coming in with the bases loaded in the 7th inning of a game against the Yankees and striking out Jason Giambi on what I remember as a changeup on the inside corner. 40,000 people cheering at Wrigley on a Saturday afternoon in July and Remlinger had one job to do, which was get out one of the most feared hitters in the game, and he did it perfectly.

Good luck with the Sox, Rem.

sadly that's the only good memory I have of Remmy...but that was a helluva moment!!

I will also miss Remlinger's hiked-up pants that allow his socks to show (luckily, we still have Burnitz for this old-school visual) and his scraggly salt-pepper beard - he was the only pitcher I could instantly recognize in the bullpen from my high seats in the outfield.

I think the real lesson on Remlinger is that you don't give a long term contract to 36 year old middle relievers.

Best Remlinger moment for my money was him standing on the grass in front of the Cubs dugout at Wrigley last year yelling at Lance Berkman in the outfield after Berkman had faked getting beaned.

My question about this deal is how much of Remmy's remaining salary did Boston pick up? What ever amount they did (if they did)represents a savings for the Cubs. Probably to go into the coffers of the Tribune Company.

That was a great game, Ruz - Wood versus Clemens, national TV, bases loaded, Giambi up, Karros had just hit a 3 run homer the inning before to give the Cubs a lead. Ah, a Cubs lead.

I don't know the details Moe, but I would guess the Cubs are paying the whole of Remmy's remaining contract. They were willing to release him and the only reason Red Sox make the trade is to pre-empt any other teams from picking him up on waivers.

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