The Cubs disappointing season prompted this afternoon's deadline deal that sent Ted Lilly, Ryan Theriot and $2.5 million to the Dodgers for Blake DeWitt and prospect Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach. The Dodgers needed the money included due to the uncertainty of the clubs financial situation. The New York Post's Joel Sherman had first word that the deal was done.
Lilly has been a mainstay in the Cubs rotation since 2007 posting the best numbers of his career in his three and a half seasons in Chicago's north side. In his Cubs career, Lilly owns a 3.70 ERA and very strong peripherals. His 3-8 record on the year is the product of poor run-support. In the more spacious Dodger Stadium, with a better offense on the field, Lilly can expect more satisfying results.
Theriot went from starting shortstop to starting second baseman when the Cubs called up Starlin Castro. His underperformance at the plate spelled his eventual doom in Chicago. This season the numbers are dreadful - the worst of his career. His batting average looks respectable at .284, but his OBP is just .320 and his slugging percentage (.327) illustrates that many of his hits were singles.
For them, the Cubs get an immediate improvement at second base. DeWitt has a lower batting average, but his overall slash line is superior at .270/.352/.371. In addition, DeWitt turns 25 later this month. He's under team control until 2014. Alongside Castro, he give the Cubs an interesting, young and talented double play duo.
Wallach has won all six of his decisions for Great Lakes in the Single A Midwest League. A third round pick of the Dodgers in the 2009 draft, he's put up solid peripherals and stands out as a projectable pitcher with a big league pedigree. His father, Tim, played 17 seasons for the Expos, Dodgers and Angels.
Smit washed out as a starter early last season. He was just promoted to Double A Chattanooga after a year and a half of almost exclusive work in the bullpen. The numbers are promising as a reliever with a K-rate of 8.2 K/9 IP at both Advanced A Inland Empire and Single A Great Lakes over the last two seasons.
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