The Cubs have acquired 28-year old righty reliever Jeff Gray, 21-year old righty starting pitcher Ronny Morla and 23-year old lefty swinging OF Matt Spencer from the A’s for 27-year old righty swinging 1B/3B/OF Jake Fox, 33-year old switch-hitting back-up infielder Aaron Miles and $1 million bucks in cash. Jeff Gray was without the key to this trade for the Cubs as he has a big time right arm often throwing the ball in the mid to high 90’s. He pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the A’s last season and he was 0-1 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He also pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last season in which he was 2-2 with 16 saves, a 1.54 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Gray has pitched in 29 games (0 starts) in his career in the majors and he is 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He should be able to replace Aaron Heilman who was recently traded to the D-Backs. Matt Spencer played in 123 games in A+AA ball last season and he was 141 for 488 (.289 avg, .833 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 19 homers, 91 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He could make it to the show someday for the Cubs as he has a decent little upside. Ronny Morla pitched in 17 games (12 starts) in Rookie-ball last season and he was 1-7 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. He gave up 70 hits last season in only 63 innings but he did whiff 73 batters showing that he has some tools to work with.
Jake Fox played in 82 games for the Cubs last season and he was 56 for 216 (.259 avg, .779 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 11 homers and 44 RBIs. The A’s are probably going to start Fox at either 1B, 3B or at DH in 2010 and it will be interesting to see how he handles a full season of at bats at the major league level. Fox played in 89 games in his two years with the Cubs and he was 58 for 230 (.252 avg, .761 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 11 homers and 45 RBIs. Aaron Miles was awful in his only year for the Cubs as he played in 74 games in which he was 29 for 157 (.185 avg, .466 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. This is a trade that could help both teams as Gray should be solid out of the pen for the Cubs while Fox will be getting his first big chance at winning a starting job this spring for the A’s.