According to a report from Cubs.com, Michael Wuertz was traded to the Oakland A’s for two minor league players on Monday….outfielder Richie Robnett and infielder Justin Sellers.
Updated – 5:09pm C.T. – Richie Robnett was added to the Cubs 40-man roster and more information on the trade with the Oakland A’s for Michael Wuertz. According to a report from Bruce Levine on his blog, the Cubs continue to receive inquires on Michael Wuertz and he could be traded soon. Levine indicated the deal could happen either on Monday or Tuesday with the Oakland A’s as a possible destination for “young players” coming back to the Cubs.
Like Rich Hill, Michael Wuertz is out of minor league options.
Will update if more information becomes available….
Update – 5:09pm C.T. – Richie Robnett, 25, was the A’s first round pick in 2004 (26th overall). Robnett is a left-handed hitting outfielder and spent most of the 2008 season in Triple-A. He played in only 82 games after surgery early in the year to remove a tumor from his stomach. Robnett will be in big league camp.
Justin Sellers, 23, is a right-handed hitting middle infielder and was a sixth round pick of the A’s in 2005. He played almost as many games at second base (60) as at short (63). Sellers will report to minor league camp when Spring Training opens in a couple of weeks.
With the trades of Michael Wuertz and Rich Hill and the addition of Richie Robnett, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 39 with just 10 days before pitchers and catchers report to Mesa. The moves also saved the Cubs nearly $2 million for 2009.