UPDATE! 12:15am- ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says the deal is official with the Cubs getting Aaron Heilman for Ronny Cedeno and Garrett Olson. I am suprised that Olson is in the deal considering how the Padres liked him so much. Does this hurt the chances for a Peavy deal, I say it does somewhat but it is not a deal breaking trade. Someone had to be traded off the 40 man roster to make room for Bako, who according to Levine, the Cubs will sign for 750K.
Levine also says the Cubs are looking at Braden Looper and Randy Wolf as there 5th starter option if they cannot acquire Peavy via trade.
I also assume this means the Cubs will replace Cedeno with a right handed hitting utility guy like Juan Uribe or Rich Aurilia. Both would be great additions to the Cubs, I still like Nomar better though.
Jim has been known to do things spurts so I would not be suprised to hear today, or in the next days, that Bako and a utility player like Aurilia or Uribe is signed to a deal. As well as Jake Peavy talk to heat up!
UPDATE! 11:30am- Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Cubs are getting Aaron Heilman for Ronny Cedeno and a minor league pitcher. It will be announced later today!
ESPN Radio's Bruce Levine says the Cubs are close to getting Aaron Heilman from the Mariners. The M's want Ronny Cedeno and a pitcher in return. How about Rich Hill and Cedeno for Heilman?? We discussed this yesterday on the chat, and I said that the deal had a 40% chance of happening.
Heilman will earn 1.625 million this season and will be a free agent after the 2010 season. Heilman will battle for the 5th starting spot against Sean Marshall or could be the swing man in the pen if Marshall starts and the same goes if Heilman gets the starting spot, Marshall will go to the pen.
Heilman could be a big addition to this already strong pen. He could also be headed on this way to the Padres in a Peavy deal (just my opinion). He could be also a guy to take the place Guzman, Weurtz, or Marshall in the pen if they are traded for Peavy.
This deal could mean a lot of things. All I know is this is a great deal for the Cubs to get Heilman as either trade bait or a great addition to the pen or rotation!
In another note, Rich Hill has been gaining some interest from at least 3 teams. I am truly surprised at this, I thought teams would just wait until he is released.