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January 21, 2008

Cubs Resign Wuertz

Filed under: Media Releases — Joe Aiello @ 2:37 pm

From the Chicago Cubs Media Dept comes the word that the Cubs will not be going to arbitration after all with Michael Wuertz.

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Michael Wuertz have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2008 campaign, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Terms of the deal were one year, $860,000.

Wuertz, 29, last season ranked second in the National League by stranding 33-of-38 inherited runners, an 86.8-percent success rate that trailed only teammate Carlos Marmol (87.8 percent success rate) for best in the National League. The righthander went 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA (28 ER/72.1 IP) in 73 relief appearances, second-most on the club behind Bob Howry (78 appearances).

A member of the Cubs organization since being selected in the 11th round of the 1997 June Draft, Wuertz is 12-6 with one save and a 3.56 ERA (86 ER/217.2 IP) in 220 relief appearances since making his major league debut in 2004. He has 240 strikeouts in 217.2 innings pitched, an average of 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

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  • Archie


  • Matt Jacobs

    I may have the arbitration thing wrong, but I pretty much hit this one right on the head.

  • Ross

    who cares about wuertz right now. i was searching the internet and i saw something very interesting by phil rodgers of the chicago tribune. it’s about ther bedard and roberts deal and it seams it may still be in place. if the cubs land these two, the cubs will be considered one of the best teams in the NL this season. everyone should check out this link.

  • Joe Aiello

    Good job Matt. :)

  • Matt Jacobs

    Small battles Joe. Small battles. :lol:

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