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07/31/2005 6:23 PM ET
Cubs acquire Lawton from Pittsburgh in exchange for Gerut
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The Chicago Cubs today acquired outfielder Matt Lawton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for outfielder Jody Gerut.

Lawton, 33, has batted .269 with 135 homers and 621 RBI in 1,282 career games. In addition to Pittsburgh, the left-handed-hitting outfielder has played for Minnesota (1995-2001), the New York Mets (2001) and Cleveland (2002-2004). He is a two-time All-Star, as he was selected to the team in both 2000 and 2004. He had one of the most productive seasons of his career in 2000, setting career marks in average (.305), doubles (44) and RBI (88).

In his first 100 games this season, Lawton has hit .276 with 28 doubles, 10 homers and 44 RBI. He has recorded 26 multi-hit games -- including three 4-hit affairs -- and seven multi-RBI games. In addition, he has a .382 on-base percentage, drawing 57 walks.

Gerut, 27, has seen action in 11 games for the Cubs this season, batting .071. He was acquired from Cleveland in exchange for outfielder Jason Dubois on July 18. The left-handed batter hit .275 with 1 homer and 12 RBI in 44 games for the Indians.

Gerut entered the 2005 season with a .265 career batting average. He had recorded 64 doubles, 33 homers and 126 RBI in two years with Cleveland. The outfielder made his big league debut April 26, 2003.

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