The Cubs have traded 34-year old lefty starting pitcher Ted Lilly and 30-year old righty swinging 2B Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers for 24-year old lefty swinging 2B Blake DeWitt, 21-year old righty starting pitcher Brett Wallach and 22-year old righty reliever Kyle Smit. Blake DeWitt will replace Theriot at 2B. He played in 82 games for the Dodgers this year and he was 69 of 256 (.270 avg, .723 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 1 homer, 30 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. DeWitt has now played in 230 games in his three years in the majors and he is 176 of 673 (.262 avg, .719 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 12 homers, 86 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Brett Wallach came into this season as the Dodgers’ #20 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. Wallach has started 17 games in A-ball for the Dodgers this year and he was 6-0 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He has now started 29 games in his two years in the minors and he is 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Wallach has 130 whiffs in only 115 2/3 innings in the minors but he does have 58 walks and that’s way too many. Still, the Cubs will bring him along slowly so he can work on his control. Kyle Smit has pitched in 37 games (1 start) in A+AA-ball this year and he is 5-3 with 6 saves, a 2.35 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has now pitched in 105 games (40 starts) in his five years in the minors and he is 11-22 with 7 saves, a 5.14 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.
Ted Lilly started 18 games for the Cubs this season and he was 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Lilly pitched in 113 games (all starts) in his four years with the Cubs and he was 47-34 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He will be missed as he was without a doubt one of the best starting pitchers the Cubs have had in a while. Ryan Theriot played in 96 games for the Cubbies this year and he was 110 of 388 (.284 avg, .647 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. He played in 609 games in his six years with the Cubs and he was 648 of 2,254 (.287 avg, .712 OPS) with 328 runs scored, 15 homers, 174 RBIs and 100 stolen bases. The Cubs will miss his hustle.
This was little more than a salary dump for the Cubs as they didn’t get much back in return for Theriot and Lilly.