OUCH! Cubs trade Darwin Barney for player to be named

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The Chicago Cubs today traded infielder Darwin Barney and a cash consideration to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. OUCH BABE! Remember when he was relevant? When he was possibly considered “a piece” in “the rebuild?” At least defensively, he was thought to be something, Now this is his fate.  

 The one AAA leader hits once gave Cubs fans such high hopes.

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Chicago Cubs and Starlin Castro agree on 7 year extension

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The Chicago Cubs and shortstop Starlin Castro have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract that includes a club option for an eighth season in 2020.  The contract covers Castro’s four arbitration seasons as well as his first three free agent seasons (club option for his fourth free agent season).  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Chicago Cubs ramblings on the way to a 100 loss season

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After a week off, thanks to life getting in the way of a good rant, Ramblings are back and better than ever.  Well, hopefully these are at least decent.  Basically, I just hope you enjoy them a little bit.  Or more.

So let’s go …

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Chicago Cubs call up top prospect Brett Jackson

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The addition of Anthony Rizzo made the Chicago Cubs from a 105 loss team to a 90-95 loss MLB team. Sure, it’s still the dregs, but bringing up the NL Rookie of the month was still good for a 10-15 game swing. How about the next top prospect out of Iowa?

Brett Jackson is now here.

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Chicago Cubs sign 2nd rounder; list of signed draft picks

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The Chicago Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Duane Underwood, their second round selection (67th pick overall) in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  Underwood, from Pope High School in Georgia, will report to Mesa.

Overall in 2012, the Cubs signed each of their first 20 picks and 29 players overall selected in the draft.

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Cubs name Farm System Pitcher, Player of the Year

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Given what phantasmagoria the Chicago Cubs season has been, talking about the future sure beats talking about the present. And discussing their minor league system seems more relevant than any analysis of who’s on the parent club these days.

Sometimes, their lineup looks like a AAA squad anyway.

Today the Cubs announced outfielder Brandon Guyer and right-handed pitcher Chris Archer have been named the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two are members of Double-A Tennessee’s playoff squad that begins its best-of-five Southern League Championship series tomorrow night against the Jacksonville Suns.

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Hak-Ju Lee could be the Cubs’ next Hee-Seop Choi

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Current Peoria Chiefs shortstop Hak-Ju Lee is rated the sixth best prospects in the Minor League system of the Chicago Cubs. During the “Road to Wrigley” game earlier this month, I asked the infielder about which players he looked up to his as he continued his development in the Cubs system. The Jeonju, South Korea native mentioned former Cub Hee-Seop Choi, and current Cleveland Indians star Shin-Soo Choo. Lee described Choi as a “really good hitter,” and Choo’s current numbers

Choi spent four seasons in the Cubs farm system where he was considered one of the organization’s top prospects. Then On September 3, 2002, Choi made his Major League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers and became the first Korean-born position player to play in the Major Leagues.

By Paul M. Banks

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