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Monday, August 27, 2012
Cubs, A's swap catcher for catcher

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics swapped catchers Monday as Blake Lalli was sent to the Bay Area club in exchange for Anthony Recker.

The Cubs announced that Recker will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa, but did not yet reveal a corresponding move on the 40-man roster.

Both catchers had been recently designated for assignment with Recker being sent out by the A’s on Aug. 20, while Lalli was designated Thursday after the Cubs claimed pitcher Miguel Socolovich off waivers.

Recker played in 13 games with the A’s this season and has played in 18 games in his career. He is a career .146 hitter in the major leagues. Lalli has played in just six major league games, all this season. He collected two hits in his first major league action, batting .133.