WICHITA, Kan. -- Bobby Bonds was traded today to the Chicago Cubs from the Texas Rangers' organization for cash or a player to be named later.
Norb Ecksl, spokesman for the Rangers' Triple A team the Wichita Aeros, said the deal was completed this morning and said he thought Bonds had already left for Chicago.
Bonds, the only major league player in history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season five times, had played with the Aeros since April 19. While with the Rangers' Triple A team, Bonds compiled a .248 average in 34 games, hit six homers and collected a club-leading 25 RBI.
Bonds is attempting to re-enter the majors after a frustrating season last year with the St. Louis Cardinals. A hand injury had appeared to end his career.
Bonds, who said recently the hand no longer bothered him, has a .270 lifetime batting average and 326 career home runs.
He first broke into the major leagues in 1968 with San Francisco, where he played for seven years before playing for the New York Yankees, the California Angels, the Chicago White Sox, the Rangers, the Cleveland Indians and the Cardinals.
'He was a big help to this club,' Ecksl said of Bond's play in Wichita.