Cubs acquire three prospects from Indians for Mark DeRosa

This move was just announced moments ago. You can read the full press release below.


CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Jeff Stevens, left-handed pitcher John Gaub and right-handed pitcher Chris Archer from the Cleveland Indians for infielder Mark DeRosa.  Stevens has been added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster.

“We are thrilled to acquire three strong, young arms in Jeff Stevens, John Gaub and Chris Archer,” said Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry.  “They are significant additions to our system and have received universally high marks from our scouts, notably Stan Zielinski. 

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a quality player and person like Mark DeRosa,” Hendry continued.  “He was a major contributor to our success the last two seasons.  But today represents a prime opportunity to stock our organization with three pitching prospects, to modify the balance and shape of our major league roster and to give our rising talent a chance to contribute more regularly at the major league level.” 

The 25-year-old Stevens combined to go 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA (21 ER/58.1 IP), six saves and a .184 batting average against in 36 relief appearances between Cleveland’s Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo affiliates.  He also pitched for the United States Olympic Baseball team that won the bronze medal in Beijing last summer.

Stevens last season struck out 81 batters in 58.1 innings, an average of 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings, and walked only 27, good for a three-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio.  With Buffalo, Stevens limited right-handed hitters to a .175 batting average and lefthanders to a .188 mark.

Since pitching exclusively in relief starting in 2007, Stevens has posted a 2.99 ERA (47 ER/141.2 IP) in 85 appearances.  He has struck out 183 batters in 141.2 innings, an average of 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Stevens went 6-3 with a 2.81 ERA (26 ER/83.1 IP), two saves and a .194 batting average against in 49 relief outings between Akron and Single-A Kinston in 2007.  He struck out 102 and walked 25 in 83.1 innings, an average of 11 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings.  Overall in four minor league seasons, Stevens is 24-18 with eight saves and a 3.52 ERA (122 ER/312.0 IP) in 128 appearances, including 29 starts that took place from 2005-06.  

A native of Berkeley, CA, the six-foot-two, 205-pound Stevens attended Loyola Marymount University and was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round of the 2005 Draft.  He was traded by the Reds to the Indians for infielder Brandon Phillips in 2006.

Gaub, 23, went 1-1 with two saves and a 3.38 ERA (24 ER/64.0 IP) in 34 relief appearances for Single-A Lake Country last season, his first full professional campaign.  He struck out 100 batters in 64.0 innings, an average of 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, and surrendered only three home runs, 0.4 home runs allowed per nine innings.  The six-foot-two, 200-pounder turned in a 3.1-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio (100/32).

The southpaw limited opponents to a .195 batting average last year, including a .181 mark by left-handed hitters and a .201 average by righthanders.  A native of St. Paul, MN, Gaub was selected by Cleveland in the 21st round of the 2006 June Draft out of the University of Minnesota, where he pitched from 2004-06. 

Archer, 20, went 4-8 with a 4.29 ERA (55 ER/115.1 IP) in 27 starts for Single-A Lake County last year, tying for second in the South Atlantic League in games started.  He limited opponents to a .220 batting average, as righthanders batted .215 and lefthanders batted .225.  Archer struck out 106 batters in 115.1 innings pitched and surrendered only eight home runs. 

A native of Raleigh, NC, the six-foot-two, 165-pound Archer was originally selected by Cleveland in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft out of Clayton (NC) High School.

Derosa, who turns 34 in February, batted .289 with 31 home runs and 159 RBI in 298 games during his two seasons with the Cubs.  He originally signed a three-year contract with the club on November 14, 2006.


I’m not happy about the Derosa trade. He was one of the few likable players on the team (the other being Lee).

Living in the northern suburbs this move may be the one that finally drives me to root for another team. Since I’m a National League fan I have no choice but to root for the Brewers. Plus, I can actually get tickets there.

Goodbye Cubs – I know the team will win a lot of games in 2009 but if you don’t like the players why bother? I really can’t stand to watch another season with the second coming of Sammy Sosa (Soriano).

I too am perplexed by the trade of DeRosa and Marquis (possibly) for three players not going to help us anytime soon and a bad / overpaid middle relief pitcher. These are trades usually done by a team not in the hunt for a World Series Championship. Now I hear we are interested in a often-hurt, bad-attitude rightfielder candidate in Bradley. These are trades done by teams like the Cowboys in football — a win-at-no-cost / take-on-any-trouble-maker type team. I just hope the Cubs have not given up on the quest for such a Championship.

Mr. Hendry ?!?!?!?!?

I am saddened by the trade of Mark DeRosa and Kerry Wood. It will be hard to see both of them against us this year. DeRosa was a big reason we even made it to the playoffs without him to play the different positions we would have been at a loss and why trade Wood when he obviously shines as a closer. I feel that both these moves were stupid and if it weren’t for a few other players on the Cubs that I love then I would have to look elsewhere for a new team. I wish the Cubs the best in 2009 and will continue to cheer them on even without our amazing closer and the heart of the team. I wish the best to DeRosa and Wood as they start their season with the Cleaveland Indians.

I am almost speechless! It took me a couple days to absorb what just happened here. Right now as far as I am concerned, Jim Hendry needs to be fired! Mark Derosa was part of the glue that held the whole thing together last season. He played wherever Lou needed him to play, and as far as I know never complained what so ever. This is BULL @#$%!! Mark was the most under rated, and underpaid of the whole bunch last season, They really need to get rid od FUKUDOME! He sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is all for now!

Jim Hendry was a fool to trade Mark DeRosa. I would have been upset if he had traded him for Peavy, but for three minor leaguers???? Mark was our co-MVP along with Ryan Dempster. I can’t even describe how upset I am.

I loved watching DeRosa & Wood. They are classy men who care about fans and the community. I’m not looking forward to the season without them. I will watch as many Cleveland games as I can and hope to see the Indians in the World Series. Mark and Kerry can show Jim Hendry their World Series rings.

I can’t believe cubs traded one of our best utility players. i just don’t believe the cubs really want to win a world series if they keep trading our best players. Fuko is overrated and i didn’t think he contributed as much as he should of. I am gettin’ so p.o.ed with the cubs. how come we don’t buy a world series like everybody else. And keep the players that got us there. I am ready to get rid of all my cub stuff and trade to the rays myself. I have been a cubs fan for 48 yrs. the only team i ever rooted for in my whole life. I am so tired of the way cubs are going. sign disgruntled cub fan

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