A's trade Barrett to Cubs, re-sign Rincon

Updated: December 16, 2003, 7:23 PM ET

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics traded catcher Michael Barrett to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, a day after acquiring him from Montreal.

The A's will receive a player to be named from Chicago.

In addition, Oakland agreed to a $3.65 million, two-year contract with reliever Ricardo Rincon. The 33-year-old left-hander was 8-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 64 relief appearances last season.

Barrett was acquired from the Expos on Monday for a player to be named. He hit .208 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIss in 70 games with Montreal during an injury-plagued year.

The 27-year-old Barrett spent time on the disabled list last season with a right-hip flexor strain and a broken left-index finger.

"When healthy, I feel like I can be as good as any catcher out there," Barrett said. "The good thing is I'm relatively young and I still feel like I have room to grow."

Barrett has batted .253 in six seasons 38 homers and 193 RBIss.

Rincon gets $1.75 million in 2004 and $1.9 million in 2005. His signing gives the A's six players under contract beyond the 2004 season, not including Jermaine Dye, whose deal includes a mutual option for 2005.

Oakland, the two-time defending AL West champion, still needs a catcher after the departure of All-Star Ramon Hernandez in a three-player trade with San Diego late last month that brought outfielder Mark Kotsay to the A's. Terrence Long also was dealt to the Padres in the swap.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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