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Rangers, Cubs Swap Glanville, Fransz

July 30, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Texas Rangers traded center fielder Doug Glanville to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday in exchange for minor league outfielder Jason Fransz and cash.

Glanville hit .272 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 52 games for the Rangers. He signed a $1 million, one-year contract with Texas in the offseason after five seasons with Philadelphia.

Glanville said he learned of the trade early Wednesday, and expected to be in Chicago later in the day.

``Even though I’ve had a great experience here in Dallas, we’ve been struggling and the Cubs are in the situation where they have the chance to get into the postseason,″ Glanville said.

To make room on the roster for Glanville, the Cubs outrighted outfielder Trenidad Hubbard to Triple-A Iowa.

Since being activated from the disabled list June 9, Glanville has raised his batting average from .201. He had surgery in April to repair a ruptured hamstring tendon behind his right knee.

``I know I’m capable now of doing a lot of different things. I’ve been in every situation from pinch hitter to pinch runner to defense to playing every day,″ Glanville said.

Glanville gives the Cubs greater depth in the outfield. Chicago recently added outfielder Kenny Lofton in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

``He’s probably as hot as anyone on that club, so it’s a good time for us to get him,″ Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said.

Fransz will be assigned to Class A Clinton of the Midwest League.

In another move, the Rangers purchased the contract of center fielder Ramon Nivar, one of their prized prospects, from Triple-A Oklahoma. He was expected to make his major league debut Wednesday night against Boston.

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