The 29 year old Williamson appeared in 17 games (all in the second half) and allowed nine earned runs in 14 1/3 innings for a 5.65 ERA. The Cubs signed Burnitz to a one-year contract in February after officially announcing the trade of Sammy Sosa to Baltimore. At age 36, Burnitz played in 160 games and batted .258 with 24 home runs and 87 RBI.
The Cubs won 79 games in 2005 and finished fourth in the National League Central behind St. Louis, Houston and Milwaukee while missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Earlier this month, the Cubs announced they had retained their entire coaching staff through next season.
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