Updated – 5:25pm C.T.
According to several reports out of Chicago on Wednesday afternoon the Cubs traded Jerry Hairston, Jr. to the Texas Rangers for Phil Nevin. Hairston was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles last off-season in the Sammy Sosa trade and never played to his full potential with the Cubs and was only hitting .206 this season.
Phil Nevin was traded to the Texas Rangers last year for Chan Ho Park and is only hittin .216 this season for the Rangers, but his 9 home runs and 31 RBI’s will be a welcome addition. Nevin will give Dusty a good right handed bat off the bench and Nevin has played first base, third base, catcher and some outfield.
Updated – 5:25pm C.T. Update – The deal also will include cash from the Texas Rangers and some reports are stating that the Rangers will pay the difference between Nevin’s $10 million dollar contact and Hairston’s $2.3 million dollar contract.
The Chicago Tribune is speculating that Nevin could get some playing time at catcher while Michael Barrett is serving his suspension which could begin as early as the upcoming weekend.