Aaron Heilman is Almost a Cub

Bruce Levine is apparently telling folks that the long-rumored Ronny Cedeno for Aaron Heilman swap is going down. Probably will cost more than just Cedeno, though.

According to ESPN Radio’s Bruce Levine, the Cubs are close to acquiring pitcher Aaron Heilman from the Mariners. The Ms want shortstop Ronny Cedeno and pitching in return.

Heilman, 30, is set to earn $1.625MM in ’09. He’ll be eligible for free agency after the 2010 season.

Levine also mentioned that three teams are interested in out-of-options Cubs hurler Rich Hill. MLBTradeRumors.com.

If pitching is included, it is almost certainly going to be of the ML bullpen variety. Guys without options, or guys that would be crowded out of the pen. Sure, Heilman might start, but the staff is overloaded as it is, and none of the other starters are getting moved.

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