Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Craig Monroe from the Tigers for a player to be named later. This season, Monroe is batting .222 with 11 HR and 55 RBI, but Cubs coaches think that he is a great addition to the team. "He's a good athlete, a good outfielder and he's got some pop," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said in announcing the move. "He's a good bat coming off the bench with experience. The teams we're playing here all have left-hand starters in the rotation. He'll be a valuable addition to us, and he gives us more experience." With Soriano joining the team soon, Mornoe will be a backup for all three outfield spots, probably seeing a lot of playing time in September. The Cubs will send down Jake Fox for the following week and then recall him with the September call ups.