Gerut, who hit an RBI single in the fifth inning, was traded to
the Chicago Cubs for Jason Dubois in a swap of outfielders. The
deal was announced moments after the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 in a game shortened to five innings by rain.
"I'm shocked," Gerut said. "It's crazy. I guess I'm not quite
ready to turn the page. But as soon as I clear out my locker, I'll
be ready to turn the page."
Gerut's next stop will be close to home. He was born in
Elmhurst, Ill., and raised in Lombard, Ill.
"I grew up a White Sox fan but I'm going to have to get over
that," Gerut said. "It's great. It's an unbelievable franchise
with a great ballpark."
The Indians have been in the market for a right-handed slugger,
and Dubois (pronounced du-Boyce) could help. The 6-foot-5,
220-pounder hit 31 homers last season at Triple-A Iowa. Dubois, 26,
batted .239 with seven homers and 22 RBI in 52 games this season
for the Cubs before being optioned to Iowa on July 8.
He will report to the Indians on Tuesday.
"This is a pure baseball trade in the sense that we are trading
a player we like in Jody Gerut for a player that we feel has a lot
of offensive potential and compliments our club well, both now and
in the future," Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said.
Gerut batted .275 in 44 games this season for Cleveland. He
spent the first six weeks on the disabled list while recovering
from major knee surgery last September. Gerut tore the anterior
cruciate ligament in his right knee on Sept. 17 while trying to
catch a ball in the right-field corner at Jacobs Field.
Gerut became somewhat expendable with the emergence of
outfielders Grady Sizemore and Coco Crisp.
"We've got four outfielders and three spots. What are you going
to do with that?" Gerut said. "Somebody is not going to play as
much as he would like to."
In 2003, Gerut batted .279 with 22 homers and led the Indians
with 75 RBI.
"We like the fact that he's a left-handed hitter," Cubs
general manager Jim Hendry said in Cincinnati, following Chicago's
9-4 victory over the Reds. "He's an above-average defensive
player. He's more suited to play either corner, but he can play
center. He's a guy who could help this club down the stretch."
Dubois made his major-league debut with the Cubs last year and
hit .236 with eight homers in 72 games.
"Jason's a guy who has power potential," Hendry said. "All of
us felt he might be better suited to the other league."