Scott Williamson Traded for Two Minor League Prospects
The Cubs traded reliever Scott Williamson to the San Diego Padres on Saturday night for two prospects, pitchers Fabian Jimenez-Angulo and Joel Santo. Williamson has not performed well as of late out of the pen including the 3 runs he allowed on Saturday to the Nationals. After Williamson’s ineffectiveness and inability to stay healthy it became a question as to how high of a prospect or prospects the Cubs could get for the often-injured reliever.
Williamson was 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA in 31 games for the Cubs this season. The Cubs are expected to call up either Michael Wuertz or David Aardsma to take his place in the pen and according to a report on Cubs.com they could call up both if Sean Marshall is put on the DL as expected which would put Glendon Rusch back in the starting rotation. Wouldn’t this be the right time to find out what Rich Hill and Angel Guzman have to offer?
Joel Santo, 22, is a right-handed pitcher and this season with the Fort Wayne Wizards (A) he has posted a 6-6 record with a 5.38 ERA in 20 games, 15 starts. Santo was listed as the 16th best prospect in the Padres organization by Baseball America. Here are his stats from the Baseball Cube.
With the lack of performance from this team this season and the fact that the parts they have to trade are not frontline players this type of move should be expected on up until the deadline.