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Cubs Send Johnson, Maholm To Atlanta; Soto Traded To Texas

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Reed Johnson (from left); Paul Maholm; Geovany Soto. (GETTY IMAGES file)

Reed Johnson (from left); Paul Maholm; Geovany Soto. (GETTY IMAGES file)

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CHICAGO (CBS/AP)— The Cubs on Monday dealt left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves. Early Tuesday, the club confirmed it had sent catcher Geovany Soto to the Rangers.

The Cubs announced the deal involving Maholm and Johnson late Monday in a news release. Chicago acquired right-handed pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman from the Braves.

Vizcaino, 21, entered the 2012 season as the second-best prospect in the Braves organization as ranked by Baseball America and the 40th-best overall prospect in all of baseball by the publication, the Cubs said.

Chapman, 25, is 3-6 with seven saves and a 3.52 ERA in 40 relief appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett this season.

In exchange for Soto, the Cubs received right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named or cash consideration.

Bringham, 24, is 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Frisco this season, though he entered the 2012 campaign ranked as the seventh-best right-handed relief prospect in the Rangers organization by Baseball America after pitching exclusively in relief the second half of the 2011 season.  He went 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 relief outings last season.  In 2012, Brigham was named to the mid-season Texas League All-Star team.

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