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The Cubs acquired right-hander Aaron Heilman from the Seattle Mariners today, in exchange for shortstop Ronny Cedeno and left-hander Garrett Olson.
Cedeno, of course, had long been seen as one of our top infield prospects and made his impact as a valuable backup and occasional starter the last two years. He and Matt Murton graced the cover of our February 2006 Vine Line. However, with Ryan Theriot entrenched at shortstop and Mark DeRosa and Mike Fontenot playing regularly at second base the last couple of years, Cedeno found it hard to get on the diamond.
Heilman (right) looks like he could compete for the fifth starter’s slot in the Cubs rotation, as Heilman had made it clear to the Mets for a couple of years that he’d like a chance to start after serving as a top set-up man. Either that or he will continue to be that top set-up man for the Cubs. The Mets dealt Heilman to Seattle during the winter meetings in a multi-player transaction.
How about that for a win? The pitching and defense played about as well as they could to keep the team in the ballgame, and the hitters stepped it up to put the game away.
And look at who did come through with the big hits: Ronny Cedeno, battling for a significant role and following two bases-loaded outs, fights a ball up the middle to expand the lead to 4-1. Then Felix Pie follows with a beautiful, line-drive home run into the rightfield bleachers. Kerry Wood, like Carlos Marmol the inning before, was both efficient and perfect.
Michael observed during the game that this game could really send a message because of the quality of opponent. So far the Cubs have done very well against third-tier teams: 8-1 against Pittsburgh and Houston. They couldn’t have proved much more than they did in those particular games. But tonight was a different sort of test, and the team displayed an all-around effort to earn the victory.
They’ll have to keep doing it, too: After the Mets, the Cubs take on the Rockies, Nationals, Brewers and Cardinals … with only Washington being a weak team. There are some good tests in there, and some good opportunities for this team to keep proving itself.
Nelson Figueroa pitches for the Mets. Strong wind blowing out today.
Two to 10,000
In first place and at 9,998 all-time wins feels pretty good right now, even as early as it is.