Former UNC Pitcher Adam Warren Traded to Chicago Cubs

On the second day of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, the New York Yankees made a deal to send former UNC standout Adam Warren to the Chicago Cubs, along with Yankees’ second baseman Brendan Ryan, in exchange for Cubs’ infielder Starlin Castro.

Warren, who grew up in New Bern, NC, played three years for the Tar Heels from 2006 – 2008, posting a 9-2 record as a starter his Junior year with Carolina’s lowest ERA in ACC play that season. Warren was drafted by New York in 2009 and has spent his career in the Yankees’ organization up to this point. He is 13-15 for his career with 245 strikeouts.

The 28 year old will now join the Chicago Cubs bullpen, bringing them a versatile pitcher – one who can be used as a starter, long reliever, or a setup man – having worked in all of those roles throughout his time in the Bronx.

The deal between the two teams came on the heels of the Cubs agreement earlier on Tuesday to sign Ben Zobrist to a 4 year deal, which cleared the way for Castro to be dealt.

Former UNC Star Ackley Traded to Yankees

The Seattle Mariners have traded former UNC Tar Heel baseball star Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees, the team announced on Thursday.

Ackley, who is from Winston-Salem, will join former Carolina teammates Andrew Miller and Adam Warren wearing the Yankee pinstripes.

Ackley was taken second overall in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, after Stephen Strasburg.

The 27-year-old Ackley is leaving Seattle where another former Tar Heel – Kyle Seager – has developed into one of the best third basemen in baseball.

Ackley had a .243 batting average this year with six home runs and 19 RBI’s for the Mariners.

Harvey To Start All-Star Game For NL

NEW YORK – Former North Carolina standout Matt Harvey will become the third player in program history to start the Major League Baseball All-Star Game when he takes the mound for the National League, manager Bruce Bochy announced Monday.

Harvey, who joins Walt Weiss (1998) and Brian Roberts (2005) as Carolina All-Star starters, will oppose Detroit’s Max Scherzer in the Midsummer Classic Tuesday night at Citi Field. Harvey owns a 7-2 record with a 2.35 ERA in 130 innings of work for the Mets this season. He has struck out 147 batters in 19 starts and currently leads the National League in strikeouts.

“It’s a huge honor,” Harvey told “I appreciate it. It’s obviously here in New York. The fans have been great here all year. Hopefully I can make them proud.”

Harvey will be the first pitcher to start an All-Star Game at his home ballpark since Roger Clemens in 2004. Harvey will also be the third pitcher to make his first All-Star Game start at his home ballpark. The others were Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants in 1934 and Esteban Loaiza of the White Sox in 2003.

“What a tremendous year he’s had,” Bochy said. “It really wouldn’t have mattered what city we’re playing in, with the year he’s had.”

The Mystic, Conn., native starred for the Tar Heels from 2008-10 before being drafted by the New York Mets with the seventh overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft.

With the selection to the All-Star Game, Harvey becomes the seventh Tar Heel to earn a roster spot at the MLB All-Star Game and is the first player since Brian Roberts in 2007.

UNC All-Star Game History

Nate Andrews – 1944 (Reserve)
Burgess Whitehead – 1935 (Reserve), 1937 (Reserve)
Snuffy Stirnweiss – 1945 (DNP) 1946 (Reserve)
Walt Weiss – 1998 (Started at SS)
B.J. Surhoff – 1999 (Reserve)
Brian Roberts – 2005 (Started at 2B), 2007 (Reserve)