The Cubs nabbed three-time All-Star Jason Kendall from Oakland yesterday, a move that ousts struggling catcher Rob Bowen. Bowen was acquired from San Diego last month, and batted only .065 in his 10 games for Chicago. The 33-year-old Kendall, a career .298 slugger, is slated to join the roster for Tuesday's match-up with San Francisco.
At 48-43, 3.5 back of Milwaukee in the NL Central, the Cubs are looking to get some extra offense from their starting catcher. Kendall is hitting .226 this season, with 22 RBI, two home runs, and 10 doubles. Also involved in yesterday's trade was left-handed pitcher Jerry Blevins, who hopes to earn a starting role with the 44-48 Athletics.