Cubs Grab Kendall Fom Oakland

The All-Star replaces struggling Bowen as starting catcher
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 17, 2007 7:01 AM CDT
Oakland Athletics catcher Jason Kendall drops a pop fly from Boston Red Sox's Mike Lowell in the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 7, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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. (Read more baseball stories.)