The Chicago Cubs today agreed to terms with pitcher GLENDON RUSCH on
a two-year contract for the 2005-2006 campaigns. Financial terms of the
contract were not disclosed.
Rusch, 30, had some of his greatest success in 2004, posting a
career-low 3.47 ERA as he split time between the bullpen and the starting
rotation. The southpaw:
was equally effective starting and relieving - recording a 3.50 ERA
as a starter and a 3.38 ERA when he pitched out of the bullpen.
worked 2.0 or more innings in 10 of his 16 relief outings -
including a season-high 5.1-inning stint July 15 vs. Milwaukee (the longest
by a Cub reliever since 2000).
went 4-2 as a starter while tossing at least 6.0 innings in 10 of
his 16 starts.
limited left-handed batters to a .225 average.
converted both of his save opportunities.
The left-hander led all Cub pitchers with two home runs, going deep
June 7 (vs. St. Louis) off Chris Carpenter and September 29 (vs. Cincinnati)
off Luke Hudson.
Rusch opened the season at Iowa (AAA), where he went 2-0 with a 1.89
ERA in four starts. He was recalled April 30 and made his Cub debut May 4,
working 2.1 innings of relief. Rusch earned his first win in a Cub uniform
in his next appearance (May 9 vs. Colorado), allowing just 1 walk over 2.0
In addition to the Cubs, Rusch has pitched in the majors for Kansas
City (1997-1999), the New York Mets (1999-2001) and Milwaukee (2002-2003).
He began his professional career in 1993 after being drafted by the Royals
in the 17th round. He signed with the Cubs as a free agent in April 2004.