The Cubs have acquired 30-year old righty Aaron Heilman from the Mariners for lefty starting pitcher Garrett Olson and 26-year old righty swinging infielder Ronny Cedeno. Heilman pitched in 78 games (0 starts) for the Mets last season and he was 3-8 with 3 saves, a 5.21 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He has now pitched in 305 games (25 starts) in his major league career and he is 22-33 with 9 saves, a 4.24 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. The Cubs will likely give Heilman a chance to compete for a job in the starting rotation which has always been his preference.
Garrett Olson didn’t remain a Cub very long as they had just acquired him from the Orioles. No loss there as Olson look pretty awful for the Orioles last season. Cedeno played in 99 games for the Cubs last season and he was 58 for 216 (.269 avg, .680 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 2 homers, 28 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Cedeno finished his career with the Cubs having played in 329 games in which he was 228 for 904 (.252 avg, .639 OPS) with 106 runs scored, 13 homers, 88 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. This was a risk worth taking for the Cubs as Heilman has a much higher upside than either Olson or Cedeno.