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Craig Monroe for PTBNL

It's done.

Discussions with the Cubs have culminated in a trade for the veteran outfielder.  Monroe is eligible for a pay increase thanks to arbitration, meaning he'll be on the books for somewhere in the range of $5,000,000.  A career .256/.303/.446 who is prone to striking out without taking many walks, he does have a .813 OPS versus LHP from '05 - '07.  At the least, he's a moderately expensive bench bat-slash-possible designated hitter option.  There's power potential (20-25 HR's full time), but there's also a history of poor plate discipline and a lack of on-base skills.

Joe Christensen has more over at the Trib.  Monroe's career stats here.