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Cubs acquire righthander Kyle Hendricks and infielder Christian Villanueva from Texas

Send righthander Ryan Dempster to the Rangers

The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks and infielder Christian Villanueva from the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster. 

Hendricks, 22, was selected by the Rangers in the eighth round of the 2011 Draft.  The six-foot-three, 190-pound righthander is 5-8 with a 2.82 ERA (41 ER/130.2 IP) in 20 starts for Single-A Myrtle Beach this season, earning Carolina League mid-season All-Star honors.  He has struck out 112 and walked only 15 batters in 130.2 innings pitched, an average of just 1.0 walk per nine innings.

The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks and infielder Christian Villanueva from the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster. 

Hendricks, 22, was selected by the Rangers in the eighth round of the 2011 Draft.  The six-foot-three, 190-pound righthander is 5-8 with a 2.82 ERA (41 ER/130.2 IP) in 20 starts for Single-A Myrtle Beach this season, earning Carolina League mid-season All-Star honors.  He has struck out 112 and walked only 15 batters in 130.2 innings pitched, an average of just 1.0 walk per nine innings.

A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Hendricks was drafted by the Rangers out of Dartmouth College.  He combined to go 2-2 with a 2.02 ERA (8 ER/35.2 IP) in 21 appearances, all but one in relief, between Single-A Spokane and Double-A Frisco in his first pro season last year.  In two professional seasons, Hendricks has combined to go 7-10 with a 2.65 ERA (49 ER/166.1 IP) in 41 appearances, 21 starts.

Villanueva, 21, is batting .285 (107-for-375) with 19 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 59 RBI in 100 games with Single-A Myrtle Beach this season.  He has a .356 on-base percentage and a .421 slugging percentage to contribute to a .777 OPS.  A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, the five-foot-11, 160-pound Villanueva originally signed with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent on August 17, 2008.

The right-handed batter and thrower was a 2011 mid-season and post-season All-Star in the South Atlantic League after finishing the campaign with a .278 batting average (130-for-467), 30 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs, 32 stolen bases and 84 RBI in 126 games with Single-A Hickory, his second season of professional baseball in the United States. 

Dempster, 35, went 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA (26 ER/104.0 IP) in 16 starts for the Cubs this season.  The righthander wraps up nine seasons in the Cubs organization after originally signing with the club as a free agent prior to the 2004 campaign.

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