Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Cubs Trade Patterson to the O's; Kielty re-signs with the A's

Cubs Trade Patterson to the Orioles-

Outfielder Corey Patterson, once projected as the Chicago Cubs' star of the future, was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday for a pair of minor leaguers: shortstop Nate Spears and left-hander Carlos Perez.

The 26-year-old Patterson hit .252 with 70 homers in parts of six major league seasons with the Cubs, appearing in 589 games. He was the Cubs' first-round pick and third player taken overall in the 1998 amateur draft.

Patterson tore a knee ligament midway through 2003 during a breakout season, when he batted .298 with 13 homers.

He started 111 games in center field for the Cubs last year, struggling with .215 average and just 13 homers in 126 games. The Cubs demoted him to Triple-A Iowa to work on his batting stroke, and he played 24 games in the minors before returning.


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Bobby Kielty signs with Athletics-

Outfielder Bobby Kielty agreed to a $1.85 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Kielty, who has spent parts of five seasons in the big leagues, struggled in his first season with the A's in 2004 and appeared in only 83 games. He changed his mental approach last season and bounced back with a strong year.

Kielty's new deal includes $50,000 in incentives based on plate appearances. He had a base salary of $875,000 last year, but it was bumped to $925,000 with incentives.

"I'm very happy with it. It's a fair deal for both sides," Kielty said in a phone interview from Canyon Lake, Calif. "It basically happened in a day."

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