The Chicago Cubs announced a trade today. The Official Media release is after the jump:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today traded left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named.

Hill, who turns 29 on March 11, went 18-17 with a 4.37 ERA (164 ER/337.2 IP) in 64 appearances (57 starts) in all or part of four seasons with the Cubs (2005-08).  The southpaw went 11-8 with a 3.92 ERA (85 ER/195.0 IP) in a career-high 32 starts in 2007 but went 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA (9 ER/19.2 IP) in five starts with the Cubs last season before being optioned to Triple-A Iowa on May 3.

Originally selected by the Cubs in fourth round of the 2002 Draft, Hill split the 2005 and 2006 seasons between the majors and the minors before spending the entire 2007 campaign in the big leagues.  After beginning the 2008 campaign with the Cubs, Hill made 13 minor league starts following his option on May 3, going 4-7 with a 5.85 ERA (31 ER/47.2 IP) in those minor league outings with Iowa, Single-A Daytona and Rookie-level Mesa.

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