Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011
Cubs acquire reliever from Red Sox
The Cubs completed a minor move today, acquiring minor-league relief pitcher Robert Coello from the Boston Red Sox for minor-league second baseman Tony Thomas.
Coello, 26, will be added to the 40-man roster and will compete for a bullpen spot in spring training. In 2010 Coello split his time between Double and Triple-A, compiling a 7-6 record, 3.86 ERA, and leading the Sox system with 130 strikeouts. (CSN Chicago)
Putz: Sox built to win now
Former White Sox reliever J.J. putz may be a Diamondback now, but he's still a Sox-believer. He said on Tuesday that he believes the team is build to win now.
"I thought we were really close last year," Putz said. "Obviously, if injuries wouldn't have hit, it would have been a completely different story.""And then with Matt's (Thornton) elbow and my knee, we never had the 25 guys all year. That team is built to win, and built to win now. I'll put their rotation up against anybody in the American League." (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Ex-Cub Hill changes style
Former Cubs starter and reliever Rich Hill, who was known for his wicked curve ball, is changing his throwing motion. The lefty will now be throwing his pitches exclusively sidearm, believing it could make him a more effective reliever.
"It's very natural to me, I feel comfortable doing it," said Hill. (Boston Globe)
Ex-Hawk Byfuglien gets big extension
The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that former Blackhawks defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has signed a big five-year, 26 million contract with his new team, the Atlanta Thrashers. Byfuglien became a fan-favorite in chicago as he helped the team capture a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010. (Chicago Breaking Sports)