CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs traded right-handed reliever
Kyle Farnsworth and a player to be named to the Detroit Tigers on
Wednesday for pitcher Roberto Novoa and two minor leaguers, outfielder Bo Flowers and third baseman Scott Moore.
Farnsworth, whose fastball has been clocked at 100 mph, was 4-5
with a 4.73 ERA last season for Chicago. He struck out 78 batters
in 66 2-3 innings.
"Kyle Farnsworth is an established major league relief
pitcher," Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said in a statement.
"He can pitch in many roles out of our bullpen and is a quality
addition to our pitching staff."
In six seasons with the Cubs, the 28-year-old Farnsworth went
22-37 with a 4.78 ERA.
Last month Farnsworth avoided arbitration and signed a one year
contract for $1.975 million, a raise from $1.4 million a year ago.
Farnsworth was also the target of Wrigley Field boo birds last
season when he struggled, and his frustrations boiled over after a
15-7 loss to Houston in late August when he gave up six runs in the
He threw his glove in the stands as he departed and then kicked
an electric fan in the runway between the dugout and clubhouse. The
next day he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained
and bruised right knee.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry did not immediately return phone
calls from The Associated Press. He told the Cubs Web site that a
change of scenery might help the inconsistent Farnsworth.
"He certainly had his moments when he could pitch very well.
Maybe the consistency will be better for him in another location,"
Novoa split time between Detroit and Double-A Erie in 2004. In
16 games with the Tigers, the right-hander was 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA.
Moore hit .223 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 118 games at
Single-A Lakeland last season. Flowers played the majority of the
season at Single-A Oneonta, hitting .280 with four home runs and 26
RBI in 66 games.