In an effort to bolster their pitching staff, the San Diego Padres traded off one-for-two. Right-hander Dick Selma, the opening night starter for San Diego, was peddled to the Cubs. Selma was hit hard on Opening Night, but settled down with two solid starts. He takes a 1-3 record and 5.65 ERA with him to the Bruins. In return, the Padres got two promising right-handers – Joe Niekro and Gary Ross – and a minor league infielder, Francisco Libran, who will remain at San Antonio (Texas).
Niekro was 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA with the Cubs, starting in three games. Ross had a 3.86 ERA in 2 appearances for Chicago. “It was a good deal for both clubs,” said Padres Manager Preston Gomez. “it gives us two young pitchers we can use right away and who figure in our long-term plans. Durocher thinks he can win a pennant with the addition of Selma.” The Cubs had been trying all spring to acquire the 25-year-old former Met, who had a 6-12 record last season. Selma was the Padres’ fourth draft choice last fall in the N.L. expansion draft.