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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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