Cubs get two prospects for reliever Heilman

The club just announced moments ago that right-hander Aaron Heilman has been traded to the Diamondbacks for two prospects: left-handed pitcher Scott Maine and first baseman Ryne White.

Maine, 24, went 4-5 with seven saves and a 2.90 ERA in 48 games between Double and Triple A last year. He’s Arizona’s sixth-round pick from 2007.

White is 23 and hit .266 with a .371 on-base percentage at Single A last year. He was the Diamondbacks’ fourth-round pick from 2008.

For the complete press release, see below the jump.

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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Scott Maine and first baseman Ryne White from the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman.  White is a native of Chicago and is a 2005 graduate of St. Rita of Cascia High School.

 

Maine, 24, combined to go 4-5 with seven saves and a 2.90 ERA (20 ER/62.0 IP) in 48 relief appearances between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno in 2009, reaching Triple-A in only his third professional season.  The southpaw struck out 61 batters and issued 22 walks in 62.0 innings pitched between the stops, an average of nearly one strikeout per inning and 3.2 walks per nine innings.  He allowed only two home runs in 62.0 innings pitched.  Maine last month also made a pair of appearances for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings.

 

Drafted by the Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft, Maine is 8-7 with 13 saves and a 3.29 ERA (44 ER/120.1 IP) in 88 relief appearances covering three professional seasons.  The six-foot-three, 195-pounder pitched for three seasons at the University of Miami before joining the Diamondbacks organization.

 

White, 23, batted .266 (111-for-418) with 18 doubles, six home runs, 52 RBI, 65 walks and a .371 on-base percentage in 116 games for Single-A Visalia last season.  He was especially strong against right-handed pitching, batting .298 (78-for-262) with a .405 on-base percentage compared to a .212 (33-for-156) mark and a .313 on-base percentage vs. left-handed pitching.  He is a career .275 hitter (194-for-705) with 13 home runs, 103 RBI and a .366 on-base percentage in 186 professional games the last two seasons.

 

After graduating from St. Rita of Cascia, White attended Purdue University and was a 2007 Big Ten Conference All-Star after batting .452 (90-for-199) with a .521 on-base percentage in 53 games for the Boilermakers.  The five-foot-11, 205-pounder was selected by the Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2008 Draft.

 

Heilman, 31, went 4-4 with one save and a 4.11 ERA (33 ER/72.1 IP) in 70 relief appearances for the Cubs last season.  He was acquired from Seattle for left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson and infielder Ronny Cedeno January 28, 2009.  The righthander is 26-37 with 10 saves and a 4.22 ERA (245 ER/522.2 IP) in 375 major league appearances (25 starts) with the New York Mets (2003-08) and Cubs (2009).

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