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Cubs Top 20 Prospects- Post Trade Deadline Edition (Part 2)

10. 3B Christian Villanueva Age: 22 Level: AA ETA: 2014 MLB.com ranking: 14 Double A Stats: 416 AB .262/.313/.454 31 2B 15 HR 57 RBI 4 SB I'm higher on Villanueva than most writers. Its clear that Villanueva will be in the majors in the couple of years, but the question is whether it will be with the Cubs or not. The infield is the deepest position for the Cubs and they may not have room for Villanueva. The ...

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The Anatomy of a Deadline Deal

Last week, I received an email from a friend who wanted to know what I thought of the Peavy deal: “I'm trying to figure out if the Peavy deal was fair, or if we just (screwed up) by giving him away for a bunch of guys with unproven potential.” As I began to type out an answer, I kept stopping as I thought of more and more variables that played into this particular situation. Eventually, I just wrote back “T ...

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Fundamentals absent in Cubs 6-2 loss to streaking Dodgers

It wasn’t that Dodgers southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu was unhittable. His stuff wasn’t particularly nasty or filthy. On the contrary, the Cubs' ability to drive in runners was. On a day where offense was plentiful, the Cubs fundamentals and sound defense weren’t.  In the first Adrian Gonzalez doubled on a fly to left center that Lake failed to get a jump on. Yasiel Puig did his duty knocking him in with a single to ...

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Jackson makes it rain, Cubs beat Brewers 6-1

We got a taste of the future tonight as three key players locked in for the next several years did their part to make the rain go away. Starter Edwin Jackson appeared determined as ever to let nothing get in the way of tonight’s Cub’s victory. Anthony Rizzo gave the Cubs a two run lead in the third after he took one out to center (14), plating David DeJesus. Starlin Castro would follow suit homering in the ...

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Misery continues as Cubs blow nightcap to Brew Crew 3-2

Hoping to rewrite the misfortunes of game one, the Cubs positioned themselves to do just that. But in an all too familiar setting, Chicago’s pen blew their second on the day. Jake Arrieta was called up for the special occasion and rose to it. It wasn’t until the fourth that Milwaukee was able to muster up a hit. In the fifth, Juan Francisco sent one to the seats in left center, his 14th on the year. Arrieta ...

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The Cubs Trade Deadline Post-Updates All Day

Welcome to the madness! I will update this post all day as Cubs reports come piling in. Stay tuned from now until 3:00 CST. Possible Cubs on the move: Nate Schierholtz-Suitor(s): Pirates, Rangers, Royals Kevin Gregg: Suitor(s): Pirates, Tigers, Rockies James Russell: Suitor(s):Pirates Jeff Samardzija: Suitor(s): Pirates, Diamondbacks David DeJesus: Suitor(s): Pirates, Rays Cubs Updates: UPDATE 1 11:24 (7/30 ...

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Breaking Down the Suitors for Matt Garza

Multiple baseball writers have already said what has been expected for a while, which is that Matt Garza will be traded this week. The most sought after starting pitcher on the market has many teams looking at him, and the Cubs front office is selling high on him. As the days go by, the price goes up, and it is understandable that the Cubs want to trade him sooner rather than later because they had a deal w ...

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Sources: Cubs to sign top International Prospect

According to Jesse Sanchez, the Cubs will sign top international prospect Eloy Jimenez within the next few days. The 16-year-old outfielder decided between the Cubs and another team, but took less money with the Cubs. The move comes just hours after the Cubs made other roster moves earlier today. Jimenez's strengths are his speed, intelligence and his power to all gaps. He is regarded as the top prize in th ...

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Cubs trade Feldman, Clevenger to Orioles

The Chicago Cubs have started the selling early as Keith Law reports the Cubs have sent pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. The Cubs also receive international bonus money in the deal. It's no surprise the Cubs were going to be sellers this year and Feldman has been a name brought up in plenty of rumors. He was set ...

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Could Blake Parker Take Over the Closer Reigns?

As many Cubs fans know, closer Kevin Gregg is among the team's top candidates to be dealt by the July 31st deadline. One of the top comeback players of the year figures to draw interest from teams such as the Rockies and the Tigers. The question facing the Cubs is who would take over for Gregg as closer if/when he is dealt? With former closer Carlos Marmol about to be let go, the Cubs have few players with ...

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