From the Wire … Cubs Sign Todd Wellemeyer

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs inked Todd Wellemeyer to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract worth $800,000. Wellemeyer will compete for a spot on the Cubs’ staff and possibly serve as the team’s swingman this season.

According to Levine’s sources, Wellemeyer can earn an additional $400,000 in the deal. NBC Sports reported that Wellemeyer signed a minor league deal and will have to make the team out of Spring Training. The Cubs 40-man roster stands at 38 players.

The Cubs selected Todd Wellemeyer in the fourth round of the 2000 draft. After a spectacular debut, Wellemeyer struggled and was traded to the Florida Marlins prior to the 2006 season for Lincoln Holdzkom and Zach McCormack.

Wellemeyer posted a 3-5 record in 13 games, 11 starts, with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP for the Giants last season.

Todd Wellemeyer’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Will update when more information is available …

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  • Corn Cob Dress

    Wow, wasn’t Jeff Pico available?

  • PleaseStopLosing

    What is with us bringing back all of these garbage ex-Cubs players that we previously have either let go or given away for nobody of value?!?!?!?!? If we didn’t want Wellemeyer in 2006 why would we want him now? If we didn’t want Reed Johnson?… Jason DuBois was it also? Kerry Wood? (Although if he stays healthy will be a great pickup, especially since he gave us a very large hometown discount!)

    Continuing this theme I think we can fill the rest of our potential holes… Todd Walker could return to play some 2-Bag, bring back Ramon Martinez to man the Hot Corner and get Hee-Seop Choi back at 1st. Also, who wouldn’t want to see Corey Patterson slide into the lead off role this year? Think about it Jimmy Clueless…. Think about it.

    • cubs1967

      patterson signed w/ the Jays.

      i actually like Wood and Johnson coming back; good character-cluhouse guys.
      W/ all the minor league talent for relief pitching, if Wellemeyer makes the team then he will have earned it………and make the back end of the pen better.

    • The Maven

      Hee-Seop Choi might not have been a bad idea. The left handed first baseman would only be 33 years old at the start of this season. The last stats I have on him were from 2009, when he hit .308 with 33 Home Runs, 100 RBI, and a Gold Glove in Korea.

  • Paul Lane

    Is this a joke? Neil are you pulling our legs? I’ve been teasing Cardinal fans for the past 3 years about what a bag of Sh*% he is, now he’s back as a Cubs? I’m dumbfounded

    • Neil

      No I am not. Wellemeyer signed a one-year, non-guaranteed minor league contract.

      There should be more of these type deals on the horizon.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    He’s a better option than Jeff Stevens, Jeff Samardzija, and a couple other guys, and it is only a NON-GUARANTEED minor league contract.
    I don’t see what everybody is griping about.

  • Aaron

    It’s funny, because MLBTR posted last night the best remaining FA starting pitchers, and I was like, “Hendry almost has to take a flier on one of them for a minor league deal, because he dealt Gorz, and if Cashner fails in Spring Training, and Silva is injured still, or too out of shape, then we’re left with this rotation: Z, Dempster, Garza, Wells, Samardzija/Jackson/Carpenter/Coleman…and he probably doesn’t want to do that”

    Then, I looked at all the starters, and I was like, well, Millwood and Bonderman likely won’t accept minor league deals, and neither will Maine, and Pedro and Moyer either won’t sign til mid-season, or not at all. So that leaves Doug Davis, Duchscherer, and Washburn as likely choices….but then I saw Wellemeyer’s name, and I was like, “oh…that’s soooooooooooo Hendry.”

    ….and it was

    I could really care less who we signed as a NRI, because I find it highly unlikely Samardzija is cut, and I find it highly unlikely that Cashner, Silva, Coleman, Jackson, and Carpenter would all fail in Spring Training…Plus, at $800k for a guy with both starting and relieving experience….you really can’t go wrong. I still think, however, that even with injuries, you had to give Duchscherer a call…Let’s hope that Hendry did, and he was looking for an MLB deal or higher salary than we could offer, because a pitcher like Duch, with a career 3.13 ERA and 1.137 career WHIP, (oh, and success in relief too) looks a hell of a lot better than a guy like Wellemeyer, who incidentally is the same age, and has a career 4.83 ERA and ugly 1.511 WHIP.

    But, hey, you keep collecting those useless players, buddy….one of these days you’ll catch lightning in a bottle….LOL

    I’m just joking….btw…because as I said, he’s no more than a roster filler for ST, and we don’t really have a spot for him. But even so, wouldn’t it be soooooooooooooooooo Hendry, that if Cashner has a great spring as a starter, he’ll send him to AAA, and say he wants to get him more experience there before throwing him in the fire, and he’ll insert Wellemeyer there instead…LOL

  • jw

    He had two decent years with the Cards in 07 and 08 but since then has declined badly. Nothing really given up here…non-guaranteed contract. I hope Hendry has some reason to believe his numbers in 2009 and 2010 can improve.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Wellmeyer is insurance if Cashner/Coleman/Wells/Silva/Samardzija don’t make it/get injured.

      If we had Dave Duncan for a pitching coach, then maybe Todd would go 13-9 for us as a 5th starter. He made 32 starts in 2008 and pitched well. 3.71 ERA, 191 IP. Hey, those are Garza numbers!

      I wish Todd well, because he’s a nice guy. But his stats aren’t too pretty . . . . .

      • Aaron

        “3.71 ERA, 191 IP. Hey, those are Garza numbers! ”

        LOL…and that is PRECISELY why I thought we overpaid for him.

        • Ripsnorter1

          You are right. We overpaid for him. Everybody on the CCO is looking for 17 wins out of Garza because “he won 15 in the AL East.” LOL

          You look at his record, and find out he’s 1-4 lifetime vs. Yanks in 12 starts, has 2 wins vs. Red Sox, and was 9-1 vs. the hitless Orioles.
          The way I see it, the Reds, Brewers, and Cards can all hit like the Red Sox and Yanks. Garza may win only 10 games, or even less, in 2011. It all depends on how many starts he gets vs. the Pirates and the hitless SD Padres.

          • Aaron

            I got some juicy stats for you as well….and this is for all you pro-Garza “I love the Garza” trade types out there. The common theme of the whole trade both from the Cubs PR standpoint, and from statements by fans on the CCO, is that upon the switch to the NL, Garza’s ERA should be way down, instead of the 3.90 range he had in the AL East.

            Oh really?!?!?

            Career stats vs:
            Phillies-1-0, 1.13 ERA, 1 start, 8 IP, 3 hits, 1 hr allowed, 3 walks, 7 K’s

            Marlins-3-1, 5.09 ERA, 4 starts, 23 IP, 20 hits, 3 hr allowed, 7 walks, 22 K’s

            Rockies-0-1, 7.20 ERA, 1 start, 5 IP, 5 hits, 3 hr allowed, 2 walks, 5 K’s

            Nationals-0-0, 4.76 ERA, 1 start, 5 IP, 7 hits, 4 walks, 5 K’s

            Cardinals-0-0, 12.46 ERA, 1 start, 4 IP, 10 hits, 1 hr allowed, 2 walks, 1 K

            Astros-0-2, 3.21 ERA, 2 starts, 14 IP, 13 hits, 5 walks, 14 K’s

            Padres-1-0, 3.38 ERA, 1 start, 8 IP, 6 hits, 1 hr allowed, 5 K’s

            And his record against +.500 teams is 20-30, 4.26 ERA, 1.324 WHIP and 22-14, 3.57 ERA, 1.303 WHIP vs sub .500 teams

            How about the much-maligned and bashed Zambrano?
            vs +.500 teams: 55-35, 3.56 ERA, 1.295 WHIP
            vs sub .500 teams: 61-39, 3.43 ERA, 1.322 WHIP

            And the thing about Zambrano, unlike Garza, is he actually handles his business within the division…
            Cardinals-12-6, 3.42 ERA, 1.238 WHIP
            Brewers-12-8, 3.66 ERA, 1.297 WHIP
            Astros-14-8, 2.63 ERA, 1.114 WHIP
            Reds-16-10, 3.06 ERA, 1.261 WHIP
            Pirates-12-8, 4.02 ERA, 1.460 WHIP *for whatever reason, they seem to have his number

            I hope Garza does well when he comes to the NL, but it doesn’t look too good with his record against the NL, and the NL is supposed to be the weaker league. Zambrano has a pathetic record against the AL, so I’m NOT saying he’d do well over there and be better than Garza…I’m just saying that if Garza’s stats against the NL already aren’t great, and we’re supposed to be in a weaker offensive league, then he’s already behind the 8 ball, especially within our division

          • Ripsnorter1

            Good post, and very informative about Garza. Like I said, the CCO is looking for 17 wins outta Garza, and he might not make 10. We shall see. I’d rather have the Cy Young Award winner: Greinke. But then I remember: our GM is Jim Clueless!

          • The Maven

            I’d rather have all of those players back from the trade than Garza or Greinke.

          • JedMosley

            Might not make 10? There’s no way…People forget that the Cubs weren”t the only team that wanted him, maybe they overpaid, maybe they didn’t, but this guy is not a 10 or below game winner. Let the guy pitch one year and then we’ll know for sure…and Jim is not clueless, it’s easy for all of us to judge, let’s just remember, hindsight is 20/20, but what do I know, I’m just a Cub fan who looks at things positively, which apparently a rare breed these days.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Thanks for the response. Let me kindly give you a short rebuttal to your post.

            1. You said “the Cubs weren’t the only team that wanted Garza.” Sure, that’s true. But my rebuttal would be: 1. At what price? Other teams wanted Soriano, but Jim Clueless paid $136 million. Funko: other teams wanted him, but we are saddled with a 4 yr, $48 contract in which we knew it was the wrong move by the time of the All-Star break the very first year. But for Garza, Jim Clueless paid not only in dollars, but in 5 minor leaguers. Soriano and Funko only cost us money. Now Garza is taking the Cubs to arbitration. In short, price is part of the equation. Jim has limited dollars, and to be successful, he must make every dollar count. And for Garza, who’s stats are very slightly better than Randy Wells, he’s paying twice (ie, players and cash).

            2. Garza is more than a 10 game winner? Let’s see . . . he won 15 in 2010, 8 in 2009, and 11 in 2008, 5 in 2007, and 3 in 2006. Now what about those stats guarantees that he wins more than 10 games? And on other consideration: in 2010 he played for a team that was #3 in runs scored (802), while the Cubs were #18 with 685. Throw in that Tampa Bay had a much better bullpen than ours (after Marshall 2.55, the closest ERA was Cashner’s 4.80).

            3. Now about Jim Clueless. . . . You are welcome to say he he isn’t clueless. But I would say he dissolved a divisional winner, replacing sluggers with Aaron Miles and Joey Gathright–players who are lucky if they can hit a weak roller back to the pitcher. He is clueless about that fact that it takes run producers to produce–RUNS. His trade and signing records prove it. I personally believe that the stats are reality.

            4. Lastly, I am a Cubs’ fan of 43 years. But long ago I discovered that to keep my sanity, I needed to keep a REALITY view of things. And then I post what I see.

            Enjoy your Cubbie blue googles. One day they will shatter, or else, you’ll lose your mind.

          • Neil



            Marmol is the only player that has not avoided arbitration this winter. The Cubs are trying to work out three-year deals with Marmol and Garza but Garza avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $5.95 million deal

          • Ripsnorter1

            Duh! You are right; I am wrong. They are working on a possible 3 yr deal: 2011-2013 for $23-$25 million total, or so says this report:


            That’d be about $8 million per year . . . NOT CHEAP AT ALL.

          • Neil

            Same figures I have been passing on from Bruce Levine

          • JasonPen

            Marmol had a 2.55 ERA, Marshall had a 2.65 ERA.
            Garza pitched 6 innings or more 20 times in 2010, and with the Cubs 3 studs at the end of the bullpen, if he can come anywhere close to those innings again, he should do well in the NL. I’m not saying he’s a 20 game winner, but I’ll take 15 wins from a #2-3 starter any year.

            Also you said it takes “run producers to produce” well I say pitching and defense wins championships. The Giants scored 697 runs last year, the Cubs scored 685 runs.
            Hendry (as much as I dislike some of his previous moves) has done very well this off season, given the budget constraints. The route he seems to be taking is strengthening the Pitching staff (our strong point last year) and Improving the middle of the order run production, all while hoping to get healty/productive years from Soriano and Ramirez. After last season, no one would believe the Cubs would do any better than 4th place (if that) but now I think we have a legit chance to win the division (barring major Injuries) .

          • JedMosley

            I totally agree, it’s nice to finally hear some optimism, gotta love those blue goggles!!! Baseball’s not always about stats, although they are very useful, the game is played on the field. “Stats” would have said the Giants would have had no way to win the world series, but look what happened. REALITY is what happens on the field, not numbers. Enjoy the shattered “blue goggles”

          • Tony

            The Giants also have a rotation anchored by Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, of which, we do not have any starting pitcher of that caliber.

            Garza has won over 11 games ONCE. Don’t assume that with THIS offense, he is a lock to win much more than that. BUT and IF our overpaid vets, perform like in their prime (not likely), he will have the run support to win alot of games. But what if he is the tough luck SP in our rotation this year. We have one every year, that pitches well, but gets no run support. If that happens he will not win 11 games, you know his second highest total of his career.

          • JedMosley

            Well he’s only 27, lets give him some time, and I’m not saying that the Cubs will win the World Series with this rotation. Obviously the Giant’s rotation is better, but don’t tell me the Giants were your pick to win the world series, because they weren’t. I agree with you that a lot of it will have to do with his run support, but I believe he’ll pitch well regardless of his run support.

          • Tony

            My son and I are Cub fans #1. Last winter, my son ordered a Tim Lincemum fat head (he pitches) and it came with some small Giants fatheads. So we actually did follow the Giants from the beginnnig of last year. No I didn’t think they would win the World Series, but it was because of their offense. They have a very good pitching staff, and since their IF came true, and they got enough offensel, they won.

            Plus, I like Garza – I don’t believe he is an ACE that so many people wanted to make him out to be, but I like him. I don’t like how people want to change his stats. He has won more than 11 games ONE TIME, and this was on an AL team (where pitchers aren’t pulled for pinch-hitters) that won a lot of games.

            I expect him to pitch around 200 innings, with a 3.20-3.50 ERA (in this first year in the NL, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is below 3) and he should win 12-15 games, but his range will be 10-18 wins, depending on run support.

          • Patrick_Schaefer

            The Cubs help put the Giants into the playoffs by knocking off the Padres, who would’ve thought that was possible that the padres would even have a shot to make the playoffs, but they had solid pitching and a stellar bullpen. Anything is possible, I’m not saying the Cubs are going to win the division, but I do think they will be better than last year.

          • Tony

            And a stud in their lineup named AGon! Who is going to be our AGon in our lineup? Pena? please Soriano? No The closest hitter we have to an AGon type is ARAM, and he is the key to the offense. If he is the ARam we love, this offense will score enough runs for this pitching staff to be competitive.

            Now – How confident are you that Aram will be motivated to play? I hope he is, for all our sake.

          • Patrick_Schaefer

            The Cubs actually outscored the Padres by 20 runs last year. The Giants only scored 12 more runs than the Cubs.
            The Cubs allowed 767 R 669 earned
            Pads 581 R 549 Earned
            Giants 583R 546 Earned
            The Cubs starting pitching was pretty good, not great last year, but the bullpen beyond Marshall and Marmol sucked! The Cubs defense SUCKED horribly last year allowing 99 unearned runs, that is horrible.

          • Jim


            Garza won an ALCS MVP award. Zambrano pissed away a 5 run lead vs Florida game 1 NLCS and lost game 5 as well.

  • Tonyda1984

    better deal than kerry (dead) wood. jeff samardziga may need to prove he is ready to pitch in the bigs or Todd Wellemeyer may have the ex ND wr carry his bags. I really like this deal because its a non – guaranteed. unlike Kerry (dead) WOOD ! Guaranteed money and disabled list for something besides a bad nail . I can not understand why cub fans think wood is the answer.

    • Keller

      Really? You don’t like the Wood deal? The Cubs got him at a crazy discount. He was more than solid for the Yankees last year (0.69 ERA in 24 games). Even if you combine his bad Cleveland numbers with his Yankee numbers, he had the lowest ERA of his career last year! He’s not the “answer” as you put it (What’s the question anyway?), but he’s a steal at the price the Cub’s paid. Why not take him? Gotta love the loyalty.

  • Corn Cob Dress

    Why not sign Rodrigo Lopez instead? better arm younger and threw 200 innings last year.

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  • Patrick_Schaefer

    The Starting pitching, bullpen, and offense I think will be better this year, but our defense will still be a problem.

    • The Maven

      That’s because one of out best defenders, Tyler Colvin, will struggle to get playing time behind the big contracts of Soriano, Byrd, and Fukudome. These contracts will also keep a better defender, Brett Jackson, on the bench.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        Byrd and Fukodome are better defenders to Colvin and Jackson right now.
        Colvin will be in the lineup for his bat not his defense. His poor defense isn’t for lack of trying, he takes poor routes to the ball. Byrd
        Colvin is by far the worst of the four. From what i have read about Jackson, is like Colvin he needs work on taking better routes to the ball.

        • The Maven

          While I believe, at this time, that Fukudome is the best defender of the bunch, I also believe that this might be one of those times when just sheer numbers don’t tell the whole story.

          To start with the numbers you presented, Byrd and Fukudome may have better fielding percentages, but you’re more likely to be thrown out taking an extra base by Colvin or Jackson. Jackson’s assist to chances ratio was the best at .024. Compare that to Byrd, who was only at .015. Colvin was slightly better than Fukudome, but both were around .02.

          The eye test is where I see the difference. While Byrd’s hustle and dramatic catches may earn him spots on Web-gems, they may hide the fact that he gets poor initial jumps, and his determination is what get’s him there. I see Colvin gliding under chances more often than Byrd. We often use this comparison when talking about infielders, but I believe Colvin gets to more chances than Byrd does. It’s a hard thing to quantify, but Byrd could be chasing a ball to the wall that Colvin has a chance to field. It remind’s me of a similar situation in the 80’s. Fans praised Doug Dascenzo for his hustle, but Dave Martinez was a better defender.