Chicago Cubs make trade with Oakland Athletics

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The Chicago Cubs today acquired catcher Anthony Recker from the Oakland Athletics for catcher/first baseman Blake Lalli.  Recker has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.  To make room for Recker on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Scott Maine has been designated for assignment.

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MLB Advanced Media BLUNDERS in “breaking” Braves-Cubs Dempster non-trade

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This is what happens when you over-centralize your power and resources. When you make a blunder, you being the so-called authority, the fallout is magnified.

MLB Advanced Media (perhaps the greatest Orwellian doublespeak that you’ll ever hear) is Major League Baseball’s subsidiary which seeks to control and monopolize baseball related web content. It’s the reason bloggers and websites don’t get media credentials.

Believe it or not, I’ve read the media portion of the collective bargaining agreement and there are provisions in it for television, newspaper and radio; none for the internet. That’s because access for web outlets is restricted to simply MLB’s so-called “Advanced” division. Although they’re actually pretty regressive as it took them years to figure out how allowing embedding of video is actually a good idea, not a bad one.

Yesterday they dropped the ball big time in “breaking” a trade between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves that never happened.

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Cubs Trade Cashner for Padres Super-Prospect Anthony Rizzo

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Today, the Chicago Cubs acquired San Diego Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-handed pitcher Zach Cates in exchange for one of their own super-prospects, right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na.

This move pretty much ends the idea of the Cubs signing Milwaukee Brewers mega-free agent Prince Fielder.

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Cubs Deal Sean Marshall to the Reds; get Young Players in Return

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 Theo Epstein sent a message of rebuilding today. Actually he already sent that message earlier this week when he said that the Chicago Cubs were not interested in acquiring Prince Fielder. It’s clear: a youth movement, rebuilding from scratch is going on in Chicago.

Today, Theo acquired left-handed pitcher Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes from the Cincinnati Reds for left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall. Marshall leaves the Cubs with a 32-40 record, seven saves and a 3.96 ERA in 292 appearances over six seasons.

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