Heilman Traded to Cubs
Aaron Heilman has been traded to the Cubs in exchange for Garrett Olson and Ronny Cedeno.
Well that was quick … guess I can cancel my order for a Seattle Mariners hat. I could have gotten away with that too — rooting for the M’s. I don’t know how I can root for the Cubs, though.
Interestingly, Heilman brought the Mariners a fairly accomplished, young, lefthanded starter and a potential starting shortstop or second baseman. Strange that the Mets had to add 22 people to him to get a 32-year-old reliever.
Now, the question is, will Heilman get his chance to win a starting rotation spot? The Cubs have Sean Marshall penciled in, but he was going to compete with the now-departed Olson. Would Lou Piniella give Heilman a shot to compete with Marshall? Or does he view Heilman as another setup guy to team with Kevin Gregg, Jeff Samardzija, and Chad Gaudin?
Or, will this acquisition lead to ANOTHER deal, possibly one that sends Jake Peavy from San Diego to Chicago? Should be interesting to follow.
In any case, Heilman looks now to be in a position to either make the Mets look really bad, or really smart, and to do it much too close to “home”.
By the way, at the annual Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner last Sunday, Heilman took out this ad:
Playing at Shea
before you folks
was an experience
I always will savor
Thank you for support
— Aaron Heilman
Congratulations to all award winners this evening
(Hat tip to ‘Ropolitans)
Classy. It’s going to be hard for me not to root for him as a Cub.