Thursday, July 19, 2007

Cubs trade Izzy, intrest in Dotel and other notes.

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Pirates Acquire Cesar Izturis

The Cubs have traded shortstop Cesar Izturis and cash to the Pirates for a player to be named later. I suppose the move is meant to push Jack Wilson, but I don't really see the point as they're similar players.

Addition by subtraction for the Cubs, who might want to call up Ronny Cedeno soon. Instead they brought up Jake Fox, who was moved off the catcher position earlier this year. He's hitting .284/.327/.504 in 91 games at Double A. Fox has been playing first base and outfield for the Smokies lately, so he can help fill in for Derrek Lee. Fox could become a Ryan Doumit type one day, catching on occasion. He was college guy, and has been old for his levels. This could possibly be a trade showcase, though Fox doesn't have a ton of value.

A fellow had emailed me about the Bucs' interest in Izturis a few days ago, but I couldn't confirm it and didn't print it. The reason I mention it is that he also said the Cubs have interest in Xavier Nady. also says the are intrested in Dotel.


- Cubs called up Jake Fox, who can play Catcher, First, and OF. He will help during the Dlee suspension

- Floyd and Ward left the game today with injuries. Ward was trying to grab Pedro Feliz's infield popup in front of the pitcher's mound and converged with three other players. He fell as he tried to make the play and immediately was pulled from the game. His status is day to day. Floyd collided with pitcher Matt Morris in the third inning and stayed in the game. He eventually scored from second on a passed ball by catcher Bengie Molina, but was lifted on defense in the fourth.Floyd, who has been battling shoulder and elbow problems, was pulled because of a sore neck. Look for Pie or Murton to be called up if any hit the DL( which is unlikely)

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