According to several reports out of Chicago and XM Radio, the Cubs have traded Jacque Jones and cash to the Florida Marlins, all reports are using the South Florida Sun-Sentinel as their source. There has not been an official announcement made as to the player the Cubs would receive for Jones. There is only speculation at this point but several are suggesting the Cubs will receive a minor league prospect in return. A report from Ken Rosenthal on XM Radio at 5:25pm C.T. reported there is a snag in the deal, it is not official and could fall through.
The Cubs also called up Billy Petrick from Double-A Tennessee to pitch out of Lou Piniella’s bullpen. Petrick is in Chicago and will be available for tonight’s game.
Updated – 5:55pm C.T. – The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting the Cubs will also throw in a PTBNL in the Jacque Jones deal. Billy Petrick was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2002 Draft (93rd overall) and was 1-1 in 18 games out of the Smokies pen this season with a 2.37 ERA and 2 saves. The 23-year old had shoulder surgery in 2005.
Will update when more information becomes available….
Update – 5:55pm – The Cubs will reportedly throw in a PTBNL along with cash in the Jacque Jones trade to the Marlins in exchange for a Class A prospect. ESPN is reporting the prospect will be a pitcher.
According to Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 in Chicago the “snag” in the deal is with money exchanging hands the deal is pending Bud Selig’s approval.