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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Cubs and Red Sox trade players to be named later, and Chris Carpenter

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The Chicago Cubs today sent a player to be named later to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later.  Sounds spine tingling, the Cubs also through in pitcher Chris Carpenter. With this trade, compensation for Theo Epstein joining the Cubs as the team’s President is complete.  [Read more…]

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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Detail on the 3 Braves Minor Leaguers Cubs got for D. Lee

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As you obviously heard a million times yesterday, the Chicago Cubs acquired minor leaguers Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris, and left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Lorick from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for first baseman Derrek Lee and a cash consideration.

There was some disgust in Chicago over Lee’s departure, but seriously what do you expect? This season has been meaningless since before Flag Day, and you knew this $150 million bunch of underachieving MLBers was out of it since Memorial Day. OF COURSE, you have to fire sale and rebuild.

Lee departs after seven seasons and 179 home runs, 11th most in franchise history. In Chicago he hit .298 (1,046-for-3,514) with 578 runs scored, 239 doubles and 574 RBI, making two All-Star appearances and winning a natting title in 2005.

However, he REALLY struggled this year batting .251 (105-for-418) with 16 home runs and 56 RBI in 109 games. His (and Aramis Ramirez) lack of performance this season, are two big reasons why the Cubs never spent a game above .500 this season. Yes, you read that correctly. A $150 million team was never even ONE game above .500

But enough about Lee.

By Paul M. Banks

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Cubs trade Mike Fontenot Away

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The Chicago Cubs moved another piece off their team of the damned in their season of futility today by trading utility infielder Mike Fontenot away for San Francisco minor league outfielder Evan Crawford.

Right around the MLB trading deadline, the Cubbies moved Ryan Theriot, and now with Fontenot gone, the “O boys,” whose last names are pronounced in French, are no more.

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