The Cubs today traded infielder Mike Fontenot across the diamond to the San Francisco Giants for an outfield prospect, finishing off through waivers part of a trade that was discussed at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
``I was surprised. I wasn't expecting it, especially right now,'' said Fontenot, who hit .284 with one homer for the Cubs during a season in which his playing time dwindled drastically after Starlin Castro joined the roster and Ryan Theriot moved from short to second base.
``It's a little strange when you're in the same town and you just walk across to the other dugout. ... I'm glad I packed a few more long-sleeve [shirts].''
The Cubs traded Fontenot's college teammate, Theriot, and pitcher Ted Lilly to the Los Angeles Dodgers with less than two hours before the July 31 deadline. After that deal was done, they came close to trading Fontenot and outfielder Xavier Nady to the Giants but ran out of time.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry and Giants general manager Brian Sabean got this part of the deal done today while in Minneapolis together for owners meetings.
The Cubs acquired Class A outfielder Evan Crawford, a ninth-round pick in last year's June draft. He's a right-handed hitting center fielder with good speed - hitting .255 with 24 stolen bases in 109 games for Augusta of the advanced-A Florida State League.
In other news today, theCubs announced that pitcher John Grabow will miss the rest of the season after an MRI today revealed a tear in the MCL of his left knee, two days after he felt a ``pop'' in the knee while pitching in a rehabilitation outing in Arizona.