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Cubs Send Henry Rodriguez to Marlins

July 31, 2000

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Cubs traded left fielder Henry Rodriguez to the Florida Marlins on Monday for minor league prospects Russ Gload and Dave Noyce.

The trade is the fourth made by Andy MacPhail since he took over for Ed Lynch as general manager earlier this month. Earlier Monday, the Cubs acquired outfielder Rondell White from Montreal for pitcher Scott Downs.

Rodriguez is being paid $4.5 million this season. The Marlins will hold a $5.2 million club option for 2001 with a $600,000 buyout.

Since his name became prominent in trade rumors weeks ago, Rodriguez said he wished to remain in Chicago.

In 76 games this season, Rodriguez batted .251 for 18 homers and 51 RBIs. Over his final 19 games for Chicago, Rodriguez had six homers and 19 RBIs.

The Cubs initially acquired Rodriguez on Dec. 12, 1997, from Montreal for pitcher Miguel Batista.

Rodriguez batted .251 with 31 homers and 85 RBIs in 1998, helping Chicago make the playoffs, even though he was on the disabled list for two weeks late in the season with a sprained ankle. He became a free agent after that season but re-signed with Chicago in December 1998.

Last season, he batted .304 with 26 homers and 87 RBIs in 130 games but missed most of the final month with back problems.

Rodriguez has also played with the Dodgers, in addition to the Expos and Cubs. In 889 major league games, he has a .260 average with 158 homers and 510 RBIs.

The Marlins also received cash considerations in the deal. Gload, a first baseman-outfielder, has been assigned to Chicago’s Triple-A club at Iowa and Noyce, a left-hander, to Class-A Daytona.

Goad, 24, was batting .284 with 16 homers and 65 RBIs for Double-A Portland. He was picked by Florida in the 13th round in 1997.

Noyce, 23, was 6-5 with a 3.87 ERA in 18 games for Class-A Brevard County. He was taken by Florida in the 12th round in 1998.