Cubs Deal Ryu

For those of you who witnessed the hilarity, here's what happened. jonpyardi and I both posted diaries about this deal just as it was posted on the Trib's website. Then I got an email from Al, who said "hey, this is the kind of stuff I want you to put on the front page when I'm not around."

So Julie, in her infinite wisdom, said "Hey, no problem. I'll put it on the front page right now!"

Fast foward about 8 minutes, as Julie tries to figure out why she can no longer find the diary anywhere. Oops.

So sorry to Al and to everyone whose comments got deleted. I am fully aware of my suckitude. It is, however, my first week on the job.

Now then, the Trib reported today that the Cubs sent righty Jae Kuk Ryu to Tampa Bay for a couple of propects:

The Cubs got their roster down to 40 on the eve of training camp by trading Korean right-hander Jae Kuk Ryu to Tampa Bay for a pair of prospects.

Outfielder Andrew Lopez, who hit .256 with four home runs and 27 RBIs at Class-A Princeton, and right-handed pitcher Gregory Reinhard, who went 6-10 for Class-A Southwest Michigan, were acquired for Ryu, who briefly pitched for the Cubs last season.

Lopez was an eighth round selection in the 2005 draft, while Reinhard was selected in the sixth round of the same draft. The Cubs had to pare the roster down to 40 by the start of camp, after being one man over due to the addition of Notre Dame pitcher Jeff Samardzija last month.

Ryu is 36-28 with a 3.42 ERA in 118 minor league games, and was 0-1 with an 8.40 ERA in his brief stint with the Cubs last summer.

Sorry to all of you who were big fans of ERAs over 25.00. For my part, I have yet to forgive Ryu for his debut performance, for which I am still in therapy.

The two guys we got don't sound like anything all that special, either:

Lopez, 20, was the Devil Rays' eighth-round selection in the 2005 draft. He played with Single-A Princeton in 2006 and batted .338 (22-for-65) against left-handed pitching while posting a .316 average (31-for-98) with 16 runs in 28 July games. Overall, the right-handed batter hit .256 with 4 home runs and 27 RBI while producing a .356 on-base percentage.

A graduate of Elk Grove (Calif.) High School, Lopez batted .325 (39-for-120) in 34 games with Princeton in 2005.

Reinhard, 23, was Tampa Bay's sixth-round selection in the 2005 draft. His 142.0 innings pitched and 134 strikeouts each ranked third on the Single-A Southwest Michigan's pitching staff in 2006. A native of Marinette, Wis., he posted a 5-3 record with a 3.52 ERA (31 ER/79.1 IP) in 14 home starts while going 1-7 with a 5.74 ERA (40 ER/62.2 IP) in 13 road games (12 starts).

Reinhard, who attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, set the school record with 19 strikeouts against the University of Wisconsin-Stout on April 17, 2005.

So, I guess to sum up my feelings on this deal, I can only say, "meh."

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