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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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  • Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.

    jacos 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • j.buchanan going friday...should be...baseball...or something like it.

    crunch 2 hours 10 sec ago view
  • Wow. I didn't know they could do that.

    Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.

    billybucks 2 hours 16 min ago view
  • Game is officially called...also officially a tie.

    Stats count, no make-up date of course.

     

    Rob G. 2 hours 18 min ago view
  • Yeah -- seeing the weather -- I hope KB and Rizz are inside, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate.

    billybucks 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • rain delay...thanks obama.

    crunch 3 hours 43 min ago view
  • Thanks again Phil. We actually were in Mesa and drove around. Hopefully, I am back for some Fall League. If not I have all of spring training (like the smart people who move here!)

    rvimpeny 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • What Rob G said.  I can't speak for Piittsburgh, but the other end of the state has had absolute crap weather for two days. Perfect day to take it easy.

    Transmission 4 hours 50 min ago view
  • tarp came off 10 minutes ago...let's do this.

    crunch 5 hours 4 min ago view
  • He will not pitch another game for Cubs

    /Unless injury in playoffs

    jacos 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • ~fart~

    jacos 5 hours 22 min ago view
  • Today is bullpen day

    jacos 5 hours 22 min ago view
  • 10/450 if they win WS

    jacos 5 hours 23 min ago view
  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Even though Hammel is missing start, don't assume he'll not be on #Cubs postseason roster. Maddon says elbow problem isn't that bad

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon on #Cubs postseason rotation: "I don't want to announce anything. We haven't talked to anybody yet"

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon hopes Soler can take BP in Cincy, play in sim game Tue. "All of that should give us some kind of indication of where he's at"

    crunch 5 hours 40 min ago view
  • tarp on the field 40 minutes before gametime...meh.

    crunch 5 hours 43 min ago view
  • travel day + rain in Pittsburgh. Why risk injury?

    Rob G. 5 hours 46 min ago view