Apparently Texas and Florida are the place where Cubs pitchers go when they're unwanted. The Cubs traded
LHP John Koronka
to the Texas Rangers for infielder/outfielder Freddie Bynum
. Bynum was traded earlier to the Rangers along with pitcher John Rheinecker from the Oakland A's for pitcher Juan Dominguez.
Bynum is 26 years old and was a 2nd round selection of the A's back in 2000. His minor league numbers indicate a player with very limited hittings skills who strikes out way too much for a utility player with no power. Like any good Oakland Athletics player though, at least he's not allergic to taking walks. He did have a fantastic spring as he hit .373/.439/.667 in 51 AB's. He does have a bunch of speed(rated the fastest baserunner in the A's organization by Baseball America the last 2 years and it may go farther back then that) and can play both the infield and outfield, more specifically second and third base along with left and center field. The most that I could find on his defense was that he's at best, "competent"; *COUGH* Jose Macias *COUGH*.
This should be the final piece to solve the 25-man roster puzzle as Wade Miller will be put on the DL before Opening Day and Ryan Theriot sent down to AAA Iowa most likely.
OPENING DAY 2006 ROSTER
Carlos Zambrano, Glendon Rusch, Greg Maddux, Sean Marshall
Jerome Williams, Michael Wuertz, Will Ohman, Scott Williamson, Scott Eyre, Bobby Howry, Ryan Dempster
Michael Barret, Henry Blanco
Derrek Lee, Todd Walker, Jerry Hairston Jr., Ronny Cedeno, Neifi Perez, Freddie Bynum, Aramis Ramirez
Matt Murton, Juan Pierre, Jacque Jones, John Mabry, Angel Pagan
Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Wade Miller