CHICAGO (AP) -Pitcher Steve Trachsel was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, giving the NL Central leaders another starter for the stretch.
Orioles head of baseball operations Andy MacPhail made the deal - he was president of the Cubs from 1994-2006.
Trachsel returned to the place where he started his major league career. The Cubs sent pitcher Rocky Cherry and infielder Scott Moore to Baltimore for the right-hander.
Players must be with a team by Friday to be eligible for the postseason. The Aug. 31 deadline often produces a late flurry of deals.
The 36-year-old Trachsel was 6-8 with a 4.48 ERA in 25 starts this season. He pitched well this month, going 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in six starts.
Trachsel played for the Cubs from 1993-99, and later pitched for Tampa Bay, Toronto, the New York Mets and Baltimore. He is 140-151 with a 4.29 ERA lifetime, was an All-Star in 1996 and gave up Mark McGwire's record-breaking 62nd home run in 1998.
The Cubs made their second deal of the month. Earlier, they got outfielder Craig Monroe from Detroit.
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