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Cubs trade Jason Dubois for Jody Gerut


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Tribe trades Gerut for Dubois




CLEVELAND -- The Indians didn't make a deal Monday night that would make a big splash, but they did make a deal.


The Tribe sent outfielder Jody Gerut to the Cubs for outfielder Jason Dubois, who had spent most of the 2005 season in the Majors.


In making the move, general manager Mark Shapiro said Dubois was a right-handed power bat that he had been interested in trading for in the past.


Dubois was hitting .239 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 142 at-bats for the Cubs. Gerut's 2005 campaign with the Tribe ends with a .275 average, one homer and 12 RBIs.


Shapiro's decision to move the 27-year-old Gerut, the team's player rep, seemed to reflect the team's disappointment in Gerut's inability to show the power he displayed in 2003 when he was named The Sporting News Rookie of the Year.


Since that rookie year, Gerut has had knee problems. He spent the last part of the 2004 season on the disabled list and had surgery on his right knee Sept. 19. He'd been trying to rehab it ever since.


After starting the '05 season in extended Spring Training, Gerut was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on May 18. He was in the starting lineup Monday night, and he went 2-for-3 as the designated hitter.


One Major League scout expected the 27-year-old Gerut to eat up the outfield innings that Corey Patterson had for the Cubs. Patterson was demoted to Triple-A Iowa City last week.

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