The Chicago Cubs, in need of a catcher since trading Michael Barrett for Rob Bowen acquired Jason Kendall tonight in trade for Bowen and a minor league pitcher. The A's will also pick up part of Kendall's salary. Both catchers are struggling this season, with Kendall hitting just .226, his worst year in 12 seasons. His strength is in handling pitchers and the proverbial "change of scenery" could help his bat. The Cubs brought up catcher Geovany Soto just this week and were carrying 3 catchers on the roster. Bowen, Soto and Koyie Hill have a combined 4 hits since being brought in to replace Michael Barrett.