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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Good-Bye Latroy

Well the Cubs have traded Latroy Hawkins and cash considerations to the San Francisco Giants today. This trade makes me happy because Latroy needed to get out of Chicago and I like to two players we have acquired for him, David Aardsma and Jerome Williams. This season Jerome struggled with the Giants and was sent down to the minors to correct his problems, but they seem to have stayed with him in Fresno. If the Cubs keep him in Iowa I hope that he can start to find himself as he is only 23 years old and very good in 2003 and in 2004 was pretty good after struggling at first. If he can get 2 quality starts in a row in Iowa, I would expect the Cubs to call him up instantly, but I expect them allow him time to get back into his groove. David Aardsma was the 22nd pick in the 2003 draft. He was a reliever for his first few years, but the Giants have been trying him as a SP this year in AA and he has looked pretty solid. I think Aardsma will be a late season call-up and he will compete for a spot on the roster in 2006.

Note: The cash compensation the Cubs gave up was 2 million to the Giants to help pay the 3 million owed to him the rest of season.


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