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08/20/2006 3:02 PM ET
Cubs trade Perez to Detroit for Robinson
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The Chicago Cubs today traded infielder Neifi Perez to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for the Tigers' third-round selection from the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, catcher Chris Robinson.

Robinson, 22, was named to the Florida State League All-Star Game, having batted .288 (92-for-319) with 22 doubles and 47 RBI for the Single-A Lakeland Tigers this year, his second professional season. The 6-foot, 200-pounder posted a .375 average against left-handers (30-for-80) and batted .365 (23-for-63) in 18 July contests. Robinson, a right-handed batter, hit .368 (14-for-38) during a season-high, 11-game hitting streak from April 28-May 12.

The London, Ontario, native spent the majority of the 2005 season with Single-A West Michigan, hitting .257 (38-for-148) in 41 games. He batted .345 (20-for-58) over his final 16 games, August 11-September 5. Robinson was named the best defensive catcher in the Tigers' organization following the season by Baseball America.

Robinson, who will join the Single-A Daytona Cubs, played college ball at the University of Illinois. He batted .353 (65-for-184) while throwing out 43.1-percent of base runners attempting to steal (22-for-51) in 50 games during his junior season, capturing All-Big Ten Conference honors.

Perez, 33, joined the Cubs as a minor league free agent on August 19, 2004. He batted .276 (240-for-870) with 51 doubles and 84 RBI in 264 games with the Cubs.

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