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Trax is Back

In the National League, that is. The Cubs have acquired Steve Trachsel from the Baltimore Orioles for 3B Scott Moore and reliever Rocky Cherry. Trachsel's 4.48 ERA is just a touch above the AL average of 4.43, but how he has managed to remain that close to the mean is a mystery to anyone below Operating Thetan VIII. Trax has allowed 220 walks plus hits in 140.2 innings while striking out just 45 batters. His 45-to-69 strikeout-to-walk rate is one of the worst I have ever seen for someone still collecting a Major League paycheck.