CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Steve Trachsel from the Baltimore…
Chicago lost OF Buck Coats and LHP Clay Rapada to Cincinnati and Detroit, respectively, on Thursday, and on Friday they traded RHP Rocky Cherry and INF/OF Scott Moore to Baltimore for pitcher Steve Trachsel. In Coats, the Cubs traded an outfielder that can hit for average and play all three outfield positions. Coats received an audition with the big league club last September and was one of the last players returned to minor league camp this past spring after batting .333 in 20 Cactus League games. Coats made his big league debut with the Cubs last September and after struggling early on at Triple-A Iowa this season (batting just .193 in his first 25 games), he caught fire and would hit over .430 in June. He batted .303 with 11 home runs, 21 doubles and 59 RBIs in 123 games overall with Iowa this season. Coats joined Triple-A Louisville in Indianapolis on Friday. "For me, one door closes and another one opens. I'm excited to go and show them what I can do," Coats said of...
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