The Chicago Cubs have reportedly solved two big problems, inconsistent production from the center field position and a leadoff hitter that can consistently get on base for the big bats in the Cubs' lineup, with one trade.
Pending physical exams the Cubs have acquired Florida Marlin's CF Juan Pierre for pitchers Sergio Mitre and two Double-A prospects Renyel Pinto and Ricky Nolasco.
.The Cubs lost what they saw as their ideal leadoff man, former Brave Rafael Furcal, to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.
The Cubs collectively batted .245 at the top lineup position last year. Pierre had 181 hits and a .326 on-base percentage. Pierre swiped 57 bases in 2005 and batted .276. He has a career average of .305.
Pierre was born in Mobile, Alabama and went to college at the University of South Alabama.
GM Jim Hendry nixed reports Wednesday that the Cubs were looking to trade Mark Prior to the Phillies for Bobby Abreu.