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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Cubs trade Nefi

Jim Hendry did something that I thought couldn't be done, he traded Nefi Perez to the Detroit Tigers. The Cubs got minor league catcher Chris Robinson a player who if he never comes to the MLB, still makes it a good trade for the Cubs (though I think Robinson has some talent). Why? They get a roster spot back (for next year), they don't have to pay his salary, and lastly because Dusty can't be tempted to play him anymore. I do wish Nefi the best of luck in Detroit, but I am just glad he is no longer a Cub.

About Robinson, he went to University of Illinois, and was the Tigers' third-round pick in the 2005 draft. In 2004 he won the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award by the Cape Cod Baseball League. I have read that he has an above-average arm, and needs to pull the ball more to increase his power. This season for Lakeland he was batting .288/.338/.367 with 1 hr and 22 doubles.


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