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ESPN is reporting that Nomar Garciaparrahas just been traded to the Cubs. More details when they come.
UPDATE (5:00pm ET):
Miraculously, it looks like the Cubs somehow pulled off the trade without giving up Matt Clement. It's a four-team trade, and early reports have the Cubs shipping off Alex Gonzalez, Brendan Harris, and Francis Beltran.
On paper, this is nothing but a brilliant trade for the Cubs.
UPDATE (5:20pm ET)
All three prospects involved in the four-way trade come from the Cubs. According to Baseball America, Justin Jones was the Cubs #2 prospect entering the season, Brendan Harris was #8, and Beltran we're all fairly familiar with. While Harris was having a solid year at AAA, Jones's star has likely dimmed just a bit after missing some time earlier this year and putting up good-but-not-great numbers for Lansing (64.3 innings, 59/22 K/BB ratio, 3.78 ERA, 6 HR allowed).
UPDATE (5:50pm ET)
The Cubs also get Matt Murton and cash from the Red Sox in the deal, which I added to the chart above. Matt Murton was an A-level outfielder with the Red Sox's High-A club. To this point in the year, his line has been 301/372/452.
Murton entered the year as the Red Sox's #5 prospect, according to BA. They had this to say about him:
"The Cape’s 2002 home run derby winner, he has more pop than any hitter in the system. Boston makes all of its players in Class A or below keep notebooks on hitting, something Murton already did on his own. He runs well for his size and is a four-tool player."