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Cubs To Trade Todd Walker For Aaron Heilman

A new trade rumor has been floated from New York today.  We all know Todd Walker is on the trading block; it seems the Mets are interested. 

Word is that the Cubs will deal Walker to the Mets for Aaron Heilman, straight up.  If the rumor holds up, this could help both teams. 

Strangely, the Mets still seem to have little faith in Heilman despite his breakout 2005.  Heilman just turned 27, and he misses bats.  He has yet to settle into his role as a pitcher.  Heilman could serve in the swing role for the Cubs if Glendon Rusch becomes a permanent rotation fixture.  Having a pitcher versatile enough to start, close, and do everything in-between may be a new trend in baseball. 

Walker is what he is - all hit, no glove.  He's definitely an above average hitter for a second baseman.  You'll see that Walker was the 20th best 2B in 2005 once you consider fielding.  If he can stay healthy for 550 at-bats, however, he might crack the top ten in 2006 despite the poor defense.

The move would take the Mets out of their dance with Rafael Furcal and increase the chances the Cubs sign him. 

Heilman wasn't seen as an integral part of the proposed Manny Ramirez trade, so those talks would stay alive.

Thanks to Brian from Edison for the tip.


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I'm probably okay with this too (as a Mets fan), but can't we get more for Heilman than Walker? The Cubs seem to be looking to dump him, so why not send over Victor Zambrano and keep Aaron?

I think the Mets would be overpaying, but with the 2B market so thin, you essentially have to overpay anyway.

I could see them going through with this deal, especially if they have in fact soured on Heillman

JC is an idiot.

C'mon Crockett.

JC - I agree that giving up a solid young arm like Heilman for Walker is overpaying. I'm sure Omar would love to dump Zambrano off on the Cubs, but it'd just be too confusing with two Zambranos in the rotation.

I think that if the Cubs do look to add a starter, it will be a top tier one. Because they have plenty of #3 type candidates.

Forgot where I read it, but one of the newspapers said Rick Peterson was still doubting Heilman. I don't get that.

I read the same thing, and also forget where I read it.

Must be my idiotic tendencies


The Cubs have made a long term offer to free agent pitcher Scott Eyre and are serious about getting the deal done.


Thanks AS. I've heard that one in a lot of places too. The NY teams are out of the mix for Eyre, and the White Sox are interested in bringing him back. Three years doesn't seem wise to me, haven't the Cubs learned from LaTroy and all the rest?

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