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Jason Kendall traded to the Chicago Cubs

 The Chicago Cubs acquired Jason Kendall in a trade with Oakland.

Jason Kendall traded to the Chicago Cubs The Chicago Cubs have acquired the veteran catcher Jason Kendall in a trade with Oakland on Monday. Oakland will receive Rob Bowen and minor league Jerry Blevens. Kendall, a .298 career hitter in 12 major league seasons with Pittsburgh and Oakland, was batting only .226 for the A's this season with two homers. Jason Kendall is still making over $13 million in the last year of his six-year contract with the Pirates, with whom he was a three-time All-Star.

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Jim Hendry, the GM of the Cubs, said the following about the trade: "We certainly feel we're going to be in it the rest of the way. His character and his leadership is terrific. We feel he's still got a lot left in the tank. It's a good fit for us, obviously it makes us better on the field and in the clubhouse. I spoke to him about half hour ago and I can't tell you how excited he is. He was thrilled."

The Cubs have won 16 of his last 20 games and are second to Milwaukee in the NL Central. Click here to see Cubs stats, injuries, schedules and more.

Published on 07/17/2007

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