2-Out 2-Strike LaTroy heads West
In a move that will cause much joy for much of the Cubs Blog Army, LaTroy is taking his ball and heading West. It has been reported on the Cubs broadcast that LaTroy has been traded with cash for Jerome Williams and David Aardsma.
This is an excellent trade for the Cubs. LaTroy was finished as a Cub, and regardless of how much talent he had, he was never going to succeed here in Chicago. He was misused and that is unfortunate, but that is all in the past. Now we have two terrifically talented pitchers to add to the mix.
Jerome Williams has not pitched much this year, and has struggled when he has, but in 2003 & 2004 he started 20+ games each year, posting ERA+'s of 130 & 105 respectively, which is pretty nice. This year he only has 16 innings and will report to AAA Iowa for now.
David Aardsma has only thrown 10+ innings in the majors and with little success, but he throws extremely hard and has done well in the minors. He shouldn't be another Andy Pratt. He will report to AA West Tennessee. It is also worth mentioning that Aardsma has the first entry in the Baseball Almanac, right before Hank Aaron. So, if nothing else, it is good PR for the Cubs.
I expect that Williams will take Prior's spot in the rotation when the time comes, and we will probably see Aardsma up in the bullpen one of these days. He should receive the tag of "closer of the future" as of today.
In another move, Prior was disabled and Roberto Novoa was called up. This puts our rotation at Zambrano, Maddux, Rusch, Mitre, and ?. I'm guessing Williams.