Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Selling low: Barrett dealt

Well, according to ESPN's Buster Olney the Chicago Cubs have traded catcher Michael Barrett to the Padres for well...we're not really sure yet.

It wasn't immediately known what the Cubs will receive in return from San Diego for Barrett, who has made headlines this season for arguing with Cubs pitchers in the dugout on two occasions this month and struggling on defense at times this season.

Al over at BCB has Rob Bowen coming in return. Bowen is a 26 year old switch hitting catcher who has been the backup to Josh Bard this season.

More to come...

UPDATE 9:15 -- Al is right. It will be Bowen. Olney completes the report:

In return the Cubs will receive backup catcher Rob Bowen, a minor league pitcher and cash considerations, Olney reported.

So, the Michael Barrett era at Clark and Addison has ended. Looks like for the time being, Rob Bowen and Koyie Hill will be the Cubs backstops. Sounds like the rumors about the pitchers not liking Barrett had merit.

UPDATE 9:45 -- It is easy to look at this deal and say that Hendry didn't get much for one of the better hitting catchers in the league. The facts are the facts though, and after the last few weeks all of Michael Barrett's inefficiencies were out there in full view for all. The Cubs were not going to get much for Barrett after the incidents of the past few weeks. It is apparent to me the Piniella and his staff went to Hendry and told him the team would be better without Barrett. Maybe we should congratulate JH for getting anything for Barrett at the low point in his Cub career.

UPDATE 10:10 -- Hopefully this will be the last update on this fast developing story. According to the Union-Tribune the minor league pitcher that Olney had completing the deal is not a pitcher but a minor league outfielder. Low-A player Kyler Burke.

Burke, drafted 35th overall, was batting .211 with one home run in 213 at-bats with the Padres' low-A team in Fort Wayne.

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