The Chicago Cubs today announced that pitcher Glendon Rusch has agreed to terms on a contract through the 2007 season. Financial terms of the two-year deal were not disclosed.
Rusch, 30, went 9-8 in 46 games this season (19 starts). The nine wins were the third-highest total of his career. He also recorded his second straight winning season, as he was 6-2 in 2004. Rusch had never before recorded consecutive winning campaigns.
His 2005 season highlights included hurling his first complete-game shutout in nearly three years, throwing a 4-hitter June 2 in the Cubs' 5-0 win in San Diego and taking a perfect game into the seventh inning on September 6 in St. Louis. Rusch also recorded a four-game winning streak to end the season, tying a career-high.
Since joining the Cubs, the left-hander worked both out of the bullpen and as a starter. He is 11-9 with a 3.94 ERA (91 ER/208.0 IP) in 35 starts and 4-1 with 2 saves and a 4.30 in 43 relief appearances.
Rusch signed with the Cubs as a Minor League free agent at the end of spring training in 2004. The southpaw won a career-high 11 games in 2000 and has seen action in every round of the postseason.