08/27/2005 10:07 AM ET
Cubs trade Lawton to New York Yankees
The Chicago Cubs today acquired minor league pitcher Justin Berg from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Matt Lawton. In addition, the Cubs purchased the contract of infielder Scott McClain from Iowa (AAA).
Berg, 21, in his second professional season, as he was selected by the Yankees in the 43rd round of the 2003 draft. In 30 career games (10 starts), the right-hander has gone 9-4 with a 4.33 ERA.
This season, Berg is 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 15 games (nine starts). He has held opponents to a .226 average and allowed just 3 home runs in 58.2 innings of work.
Berg has found his greatest success in 2005 in the starting rotation, going 3-0 with a 2.72 ERA (12 ER/39.2 IP) and a .199 opponents batting average against.
Lawton, 33, was acquired from Pittsburgh July 31 in exchange for outfielder Jody Gerut. In 19 games since joining the Cubs, Lawton has batted .244 (19-78) with 2 doubles, 1 homer and 5 RBI.
McClain, 33, joins the Cubs after spending the entire season at Triple-A - where he hit .291 with 27 doubles, 30 homers and 93 RBI in 121 games. He had 30 multi-hit games and 24 multi-RBI games - and drove in a season-high 5 runs on June 20 at Nashville.
McClain last saw major league action in 1998, appearing in nine games for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He also spent four seasons (2001-2004) playing in Japan for the Seibu Lions.
McClain was a non-roster invitee to big league camp in 2004 and batted .348 with 6 homers and 16 RBI in 24 spring training games. He re-signed with the Cubs on February 8, 2005, as a minor league free agent.
In 1,364 career minor league games, McClain has batted .268 with 265 doubles, 203 homers and 794 RBI.
McClain will wear uniform #9.