By Jim Callis
January 10, 2005
Seeking a second lefthander to go with Mike Remlinger in their bullpen, the Cubs added another candidate on Monday. Chicago picked up Stephen Randolph from the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later.
The 30-year-old Randolph’s primary competition for that second southpaw spot will be Will Ohman. Randolph has enough stuff, featuring a solid average fastball and a slider that’s tough on lefthanders, but often gets into trouble because he lacks control. In 45 games (six starts) for Arizona last year, he went 2-5, 5.51 with a poor 62-76 strikeout-walk ratio in 82 innings. Opponents batted just .235 but did tag him for 11 homers. In two big league seasons, he has gone 10-6, 4.89 in 95 appearances.
Update: The Cubs completed the trade by sending cash considerations to the Diamondbacks.