Cubs deal Van Buren to Boston

Cubs deal Van Buren to Boston

CHICAGO -- Jermaine Van Buren, who set an Iowa Cubs record with 25 saves for the Triple-A team, was dealt Thursday to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later.

Van Buren saw Major League action for the first time this season, going 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in six games. He made his Major League debut Aug. 31 after being selected from Iowa the day before.

The right-hander was 2-3 with a 1.98 ERA and 25 saves in 52 appearances at Iowa. He was named the Iowa Cubs' Pitcher of the Year and was named to the Triple-A All-Star team.

Van Buren revived his career with the Cubs. He was drafted out of high school in 1998 by the Colorado Rockies, and went 7-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 12 games for their rookie league team. But he struggled after that and ended up in the Independent League in 2003. Cubs scout Gary Hughes ran into Van Buren in an airport, the two talked, and the right-hander eventually signed with the big league team in January 2004.

He became a closer by default. West Tenn pitching coach Alan Dunn called on Van Buren for a game because the team had run out of pitchers, and the right-hander came through. He saved 21 games in 2004 for the Double-A team.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.