The Washington Post
In Trade With Padres, Cubs Cut Loose Barrett
The Cubs traded embattled C Michael Barrett and cash to the Padres yesterday for backup C Rob Bowen and minor league OF Kyler Burke.
Barrett, batting .256 with nine homers and 29 RBI, has had problems defensively and also been involved in two dugout exchanges this month with Cubs pitchers.
He and RHP Carlos Zambrano skirmished in the dugout June 1. It carried over into the clubhouse where Barrett suffered a black eye and needed stitches in his lip. Less than two weeks later, Barrett and LHP Rich Hill had a verbal exchange in the dugout during a game against the Mariners.
“The fight had nothing to do with it,” GM Jim Hendry said during a conference call. “The Rich Hill situation, that’s normal major league baseball every night. It just happened to be seen and blown out of proportion. That happens all the time. It wasn’t even discussed in-house about being an issue. . . . We just felt like we were trying to shore up the position in a little different fashion, a little bit more defensively.”
Barrett will be eligible for free agency after this season. The Cubs will pay $1.5 million of the approximately $2.47 million left on this year’s salary. Bowen is batting .268 with two homers and 11 RBI in 30 games for the Padres this season.
SCHMIDT OUT FOR SEASON: Dodgers RHP Jason Schmidt had season-ending shoulder surgery and is not expected to return until spring training 2008.
Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said Schmidt had surgery to repair an inflamed bursa, a torn labrum and a frayed biceps tendon in his right shoulder.
Schmidt, who signed a three-year, $47 million free agent contract in the offseason, went 1-4 with a 6.31 ERA in six starts.
RELIEVER SWAP: The Braves traded lefthanded relievers with the Tigers, sending Macay McBride to Detroit for Wilfredo Ledezma.
Ledezma (3-1, 4.79 ERA in 23 appearances) will fly to Atlanta with his former team, which opens a three-game series against the Braves tomorrow. McBride (1-0, 3.60 ERA in 18 games) will stay in his native Georgia until his new club arrives.