Bacon Traded to Angels

In an off-the-radar trade that has gone unnoticed for the better part of the last 10 days, the Cubs dealt minor league CF Dwaine Bacon to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a player to be named later.

The trade happened over a week ago, but the news didn't reach the Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx front office until earlier this week.

Several organizations -- such as the Cardinals -- generally release most every transaction regarding minor leaguers, but this time of year the Cubs' minor league office says they are often too occupied with the task of where to send its prospects for the start of the upcoming minor league season.

An aging mid-level outfielder in the Cubs' farm system, the 26-year-old Bacon batted .267 in 98 games with the Diamond Jaxx last year in his second Double-A season. He earned a brief promotion to Iowa in May, but stayed with the Triple-A club less than three weeks after batting .173 in 18 games.

Bacon posted solid on-base percentages during his tenure with the Cubs, but his overall hitting was often inconsistent.

With the influx of Cub outfield prospects already in center, he saw the writing on the wall.

"I knew that the Cubs were going in a different direction and had no plans for me in their future," said Bacon, a career .242 hitter in 368 games. "I'm glad they were able to work something out with another team."

Bacon stole 104 bases and was caught stealing 34 times the past two years with the Cubs.

Joining the Angels gives him a better opportunity to fulfill his dream of playing in the major leagues, he says.

"I was sent somewhere where I have a better chance to succeed," Bacon said from Angels spring camp Friday. "I'm likely going to start the year off in Double-A again and move up to Triple-A. Since I got here, it's been great and I feel really, really good about the whole situation. I'm thankful for the opportunity to play for the Angels."

Bacon was drafted out of Florida A&M University in the 16th round of the 2001 draft. His twin brother, Waine, was an NFL defensive back with the Indianapolis Colts in 2004.

E-mail Steve Holley: staff@insidetheivy.com.


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