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Old 06-01-2006, 06:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cubs look to Nevin for pop

After futilely searching for a power bat since Derrek Lee fractured his right wrist April 19 -- and getting rebuffed at every turn -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry finally found a trading partner in Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels.

First baseman Phil Nevin, 35, isn't at the height of his career curve, but he has shown Cubs scouts enough power recently -- including a game-winning home run last Thursday -- that they jumped at the chance to complete a trade Wednesday in exchange for utility player Jerry Hairston.

The Cubs need right-handed power, and Nevin's nine homers and 31 RBI in 46 games counterbalanced his .216 average. He has about $6 million remaining on his $10.472 million salary this season, but the Cubs end up paying just $375,000 in the entire swap with Hairston's remaining $1.4 million going to the Rangers.

They also were ready to unload Hairston after being disappointed in his productivity since he arrived before the 2005 season in the Sammy Sosa trade. Team officials had seen enough of Hairston once he couldn't win the every-day job at second base after Todd Walker had to shift to first to replace Lee.

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