Here's the official press release announcing today's acquisition of Rob Bowen and minor league OF Kyler Burke in exchange for Michael Barrett:
The 26-year-old Bowen is batting .268 with eight doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in 30 games for the Padres this season. A switch-hitter, Bowen's 13 walks have contributed to a .371 on-base percentage, 103 points higher than his batting average, and he has already set a career high in doubles, helping to a .439 slugging percentage.
The deal improves catcher defense (how could it be worse?) and at the very least, removes a distraction. Addition by subtraction is, many times, a good thing.
Note for those interested: according to the active roster list at the Cubs website, Bowen will wear uniform #4.
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Kameron Loe has never faced the Cubs, and the only player on the current roster who's faced him is Jacque Jones (2-for-6). So let's talk about that name: "Kameron". I'm reminded of this Monty Python sketch about a man who can't say the letter "C", and then it's suggested to him:
Today's game is on WGN. In fact, of the remaining ten games this month, seven of them will be on WGN, including Saturday (with the Sox announcers, turn the sound down!) and Sunday, not on the original schedule. It's also at the Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
Discuss amongst yourselves.