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Lawton to Cubs
by Derek Smart
That's the word at the moment, but nothing official as of yet, and nothing about who the Cubs are supposedly giving up. If this does turn out to be the real thing, it's a deal that could make a difference to a team that has serious OBP problems, but I'll reserve judgement until all is made clear. More to come when more is revealed.
UPDATE: It appears that the deal is straight up, Jody Gerut for Matt Lawton, and while I appreciate the potential that Gerut represents, this is a deal I'd make every time. Assuming this is the deal as is, it's another nice piece of work by Jim Hendry, getting a solid upgrade without coughing up tons of treasure.
Again, I have no link to back this up (this is all coming to me from the Baseball Tonight trade deadline special), but once we've got one, I'll be sure to put it up.
I'll speak to this more in depth in a later post, either tonight or tomorrow, but while this wasn't an impact move the likes of adding a Dunn or Huff, the fact that there were no impact moves speaks volumes about what the few selling teams were asking for their premium players. Short story: this is a move that makes the Cubs better, but whether it improves them enough to win the Wild Card remains to be seen.