Mariners and Cubs make a trade

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Jan. 28, 2009

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Mariners have traded recently acquired reliever Aaron Heilman to the Chicago Cubs in for infielder Ronny Cedeno and left-hander Garrett Olson.

Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said Wednesday that Cedeno will compete for a job at second base and shortstop, prodding incumbents Jose Lopez and Yuniesky Betancourt.

Cedeno, who turns 26 next week, hit .269 in 99 games for Chicago last season while playing five positions. He made his major league debut with Chicago in 2005.

Heilman came to Seattle on Dec. 10 in the three-team trade that sent closer J.J. Putz to the New York Mets. The 30-year-old Heilman went 3-8 with a 5.21 ERA and three saves in 78 games last year with the Mets, blowing five of eight save chances.

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