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Grabow and Gorzelanny Traded to the Cubs....Kevin Hart in Deal

General manager Jim Hendry has been burning up the phone lines over the past 24 hours and it has paid off for the Cubs pitching staff as John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny have both been traded to the Cubs for starting pitcher Kevin Hart, reliever Jose Ascanio, and minor league infielder Josh Harrison who is at High A Daytona and is hitting .286 through his first 18 games there. He hit very well at Low A Peoria before a recent promotion. Harrison is not considered a "tools guy", but rather a polished baseball player who projects as utility man with a solid bat according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.

The deal makes sense for the Cubs because there are many around baseball who feel that Hart has maxed out his performance and that he will never be a big time starter. In addition, Ascanio is a hard throwing bullpen arm who should thrive in the Pirates pen because there isn't much competition down there for the setup role. Harrison is a decent player but is not considered an elite prospect. 



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