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09/05/2006 3:52 PM ET
Cubs complete trade with Minnesota and make three other moves
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The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Adam Harben from the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade which sent Phil Nevin to Minnesota on August 31. In addition, the Cubs have recalled right-handed pitcher Jae Kuk Ryu and catcher Jose Reyes from Triple-A Iowa while right-handed pitcher Jerome Williams has been claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics.

Harben, 23, has compiled a 32-28 minor league record in 108 career games (91 starts) while posting a 3.40 career ERA (194 ER/513.1 IP). The 6-foot, 5-inch, 210-pounder has allowed just 21 home runs in 513.1 innings of work, recording 468 strikeouts compared to 240 walks.

Harben produced a 3.96 ERA (54 ER/122.2 IP) in 29 games (22 starts) for Double-A New Britain in the Eastern League this season. He posted a 0.42 ERA (1 ER/21.1 IP) in five April games (four starts), while limiting hitters to a .149 average (11-for-74) in that span.

In 2005, Harben was ranked the 16th Best Prospect in the Florida State League by Baseball America after went 10-5 with a 2.66 ERA (40 ER/135.1 IP) in 25 starts for Single-A Fort Myers.

Ryu, 23, begins his fourth stint with the Cubs this season, having made three appearances for Chicago. The right-hander made his Major League debut May 14 vs. San Diego, tossing 1.0 inning of relief. Signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on June 1, 2001, Ryu spent the majority of this season with Iowa, going 8-8 with a 3.23 ERA (50 ER/139.1 IP) in 24 games (23 starts) while limiting opponents to a .237 batting average.

Reyes, 23, split this season between Double-A West Tenn and Triple-A Iowa, combining to hit .238 (60-for-252) with 22 RBI in 84 games. The switch-hitter batted .357 (15-for-42) in 17 August contests with Iowa. Reyes, who will wear uniform number 61, is looking to make his Major League debut.

Williams, 24, was acquired by Chicago in the trade which sent pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to the San Francisco Giants on May 28, 2005. Williams went 6-10 with a 4.26 ERA (56 ER/118.1 IP) in 23 games (19 starts) for Chicago. He began this season with the Cubs, going 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA (10 ER/12.1 IP) in five games (two starts) before he was optioned to Iowa on April 23. He went 5-7 with a 4.76 ERA (59 ER/111.2 IP) in 29 games (16 starts) with Iowa this season.

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