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Chicago Cubs Release 24-Year-Old Pitcher Kyle Smit

The Chicago Cubs released right-handed pitcher Kyle Smit on Wednesday, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Smit had been acquired during the middle of the 2010 season as part of the trade that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Smit, 24, split the 2011 season across three levels with the Cubs, struggling throughout. In 45 relief appearances, Smit posted a combined ERA of 5.69 with 47 strikeouts and 35 walks. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2006 draft.

Over the past four seasons, Smit has ERA figures of 6.55, 6.12, 2.25 and 5.69, respectively. The 2.25 ERA that he posted during the 2010 season sticks out like a sore thumb.

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