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The Chicago Cubs have acquired Craig Monroe (OF) from Detroit for a PTBNL

SAN FRANCISCO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired outfielder Craig Monroe and a cash consideration from the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named.

Monroe is expected to join the Cubs tomorrow night when the club begins a three-game set in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 8:40 p.m. CT.

In all or part of seven seasons with Texas (2001) and Detroit (2002-07), the 30-year-old Monroe owns a .277 batting average with 35 home runs in 714 at-bats against left-handed pitching. In 2007, Monroe is batting .302 (29-for-96) with five homers, eight doubles and a .542 slugging percentage against southpaws. Overall, Monroe is a career .258 hitter (618-for-2,400) with 103 home runs and 384 RBI in 699 major league games.

A member of the 2006 American League Champion Detroit Tigers, Monroe last season set career highs with 28 homers, 35 doubles and 92 RBI in 147 games. In the previous four seasons prior to 2007, the right-handed batter and thrower averaged 22 home runs and 81 RBI per season, reaching 20 homers or more in three of the four campaigns and totaling at least 70 RBI in all four of the years.

Monroe has played all three outfield positions in his major league career, seeing action in 429 games in left field, 201 games in right field and 70 games in center field.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Texarkana, TX was batting .222 (76-for-343) with 19 doubles, 11 homers and 55 RBI in 99 games for Detroit this season before being designated for assignment on August 17

Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Carlos Zambrano – Zambrano started Sunday night, but threw 44 pitches over three innings before the rain came, so he’s being moved up in the rotation. The right-hander, who signed a new $91.5 million, five-year contract, looked as if the negotiations were not on his mind on Sunday. He threw just three innings, but struck out three, and did not give up a hit.

Matt Cain – Cain continued his run of solid starts his last time out, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings to beat the Marlins. He allowed a homer on his first pitch and another run later in the inning but worked into a groove after that to notch his fourth straight quality start. Cain was tagged for six runs in four innings in his only other start against the Cubs this season.

View the game preview from Baseball Reference for all sorts of useful information including how our guys have faired against today’s starter, bullpen rest report, and much more.

What to Watch For
Matt Cain is one of the hard luck pitchers in the league that doesn’t get a lot of run support. Couple that with a newly signed Carlos Zambrano who showed No-Hit stuff on Sunday and you’ve got a recipe for a sweep. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a complete game shutout by Zambrano today.

News and Notes

  • John Sickels of Minor League Ball has a piece about Sean Gallagher and has some images of his start. (Source)
  • The Hardball times has a good analysis and ranking of the draft (Source)

    Tracked Players Results

    Team Results

  • AAA – Iowa 3, New Orleans 4
  • AA – Tennessee 1, Mobile 3
  • High-A – Daytona 5, Jupiter 6
  • A – Peoria 8, Wisconsin 0
  • Short Season – Boise 4, Vancouver 6
  • Arizona Rookie – Cubs 5, Royals 8
  • Dominican Summer League – Cubs 2, Rockies 1

    View the full organizational report from First Inning

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    Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail