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Cubs Make First Trade of Off-Season

Trader Jim put a buzz through the GM meetings by pulling off the first trade of the week....RHP minor league pitcher Matt Avery has been sent to the Washington Nationals for LHP minor leauge pitcher Ryan Buchter. Avery was drafted in the 9th round of the 2005 draft out of the University of Virginia and played three years with their 3rd basemen, Ryan Zimmerman. Avery started off well in the organization with solid partial seasons in the Rookie League, Peoria and Daytona but has flatlined in AA in both 2007 and 2008 with ERA's above 4 and peripheral numbers that suggest he won't ever amount to a major leaguer.

Buchter was drafted in the 33rd round out of high school in 2005 by the Nationals and is just 21 years old. He's only pitched 70 innings of pro ball since then and the ERA isn't much, but he has maintained a K/9 rate above 9 which is always a good sign. The wonderful wide world of the web hasn't turned up a scouting report for me though.

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    Arizona Phil 11 hours 15 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 16 hours 33 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 16 hours 34 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 16 hours 45 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 16 hours 47 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 16 hours 47 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 16 hours 54 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 17 hours 8 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 17 hours 41 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 17 hours 45 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 17 hours 57 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 18 hours 15 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 18 hours 36 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 18 hours 37 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 21 hours 37 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 21 hours 49 min ago view