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Chicago Cubs designate Darwin Barney for assignment

The Darwin Barney era is officially coming to an end in Chicago. The team announced that Barney has been designated for assignment to make room for Emilio Bonifacio who is returning from an injury. The Cubs will now have 10 days to trade, waive or release the second baseman. With just 9 days until the trade deadline, the move makes sense now as they will be listening to offers. The Cubs should find a suitor ...

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Arismendy Alcantara stays with Cubs; Kyle Hendricks optioned to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs have decided to keep Arismendy Alcantara in Chicago according to Carrie Muskat. The original plan was to send him back down to Iowa when Darwin Barney returned. The Cubs obviously liked what they saw from the 22-year-old second baseman. Alcantara is 4-for-9 in his first two games with the Cubs with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. He had 4 hits in the Cubs 6-4 win over the Reds on Thursday and was ...

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Arismendy Alcantara called up to Chicago Cubs

Arismendy Alcantara will join the Chicago Cubs for two days as the prospect was called up Tuesday night by the organization. Alcantara will be called up for two days as second baseman Darwin Barney will go on paternity leave. Alcantara has been hot down at Triple-A Iowa this season and was expected to be the first Cubs prospect called up. Even though it's only two days, the 22-year-old prospect will get his ...

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Cubs Season Preview: Second Basemen

Another infield position that will not have a position battle is at second base, where Darwin Barney is the clear cut favorite to land the job on the right side of the diamond. Darwin has been a mainstay at second for the Cubs since taking the position early in the 2011 season. He seems to figure into the lineup as either the two hitter or the eight hitter, depending on whether a righty or a lefty is starti ...

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Breaking Down a Potential Trade for David Price

  Last Thursday, I wrote about the moves the Cubs have made over the last 12 months and took a look at some moves going forward with their rebuilding process. I really went to an extreme, formulating a deal for Giancarlo Stanton (which was, in retrospect, a complete joke) and envisioning a free agency signing of Hanley Ramirez. One of the more believable potential trades I mentioned was for Tampa Bay’s ...

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Chicago could, and should, have two Gold Glove second basemen

When it comes to second basemen in Chicago, defense has always been a key component. The White Sox had the first ever AL Gold Glove winner at second base in Nellie Fox, who won it three times, while the Cubs had Ryne Sandberg win nine consecutive NL Gold Glove awards. This season, each side of town has a real chance to put more second base Gold Glove awards in their trophy cases, as Gordon Beckham of the Wh ...

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2011 Cubs at least enjoyable

I didn't have too many expectations for the Cubs entering 2011, which I might add, was quite refreshing. The past few seasons were a real drag, and 2010 was about as exhausting as any I can remember; a season full of disappointment, where you felt like the team was out of it once they fell behind by one or two runs. While 2011 hasn't been full of success, a 9-9 record the epitome of mediocrity, the Cubs thi ...

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Cubs Trade Mike Fontenot to Giants

Just like that, the Cajun Connection has been broken up and shipped away. Just 12 days after sending Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers, the Cubs traded his former double play partner for life Mike Fontenot to the Giants. The Cubs get Low-A outfielder Evan Crawford in return. After Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria was injured last night, the team needed another major league infielder to help them stay in the playof ...

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