There's also plenty of reflection on the state of the farm.
From Comcast SportsNet
- Alfonso Soriano's goodbye was an emotional one.
- The Soriano trade marks the end of an era.
- Everyone is looking back at "Sori time".
- Jeff Samardzija, the team's longest-tenured player now in case you missed that, thinks Fonzie indeed lived up to his contract.
- With Soriano gone, when will the Cubs go "all in" again?
- The team will have an interesting deadline decision regarding what to do with David DeJesus.
- The Cubs see 40/40 potential in young Junior Lake.
- At least for now, there will be no more no-trade clauses handed out by the Cubs.
From Cubs Den
- Opinions of Junior Lake have crossed the scouting spectrum. Now, he gets his chance to make it or break it.
- A farewell to Fonzie.
- The Cubs officially inked another highly-regarded international free agent.
- Dale Sveum says he is mindful of the extensive workload of Kevin Gregg.
- Starlin Castro has been helping out Junior Lake. With what? English.
- The Cub farm system is being pumped up by recent additions.
- The active Cubs are pleased with their moves and open to more.
- Nate Schierholtz enjoyed his return to trip to San Francisco, but he's now hoping to remain with the Cubs.
- The Cubs gave Alfonso Soriano an emotional send-off.
- For his part, Theo Epstein thinks Soriano leaves with his head held high.
- And it will take some time for many of the players to get over Soriano's departure.
- You should expect the Cubs to continue to be active at the trade deadline.
- Nate Schierholtz may be moving to the front of the trade line.
- The Cubs are still buying their youth movement.
- (Video) Alfonso Soriano talks about his time with the Cubs.
- (Video) Carlos Villanueva talks about saying goodbye to the veteran left fielder.
- On a day-to-day basis, Alfonso Soriano took a lot of grief from the fans. But over time, the long view of his tenure may improve dramatically.
- Theo Epstein is happy with the Cubs' overall big picture.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Theo Epstein will keep trading veterans if the deals make sense.
From the Daily Herald
Bonus Link From The New York Times
- Barret Loux was drafted before Matt Harvey. That's just part of the journey to the big leagues for the hurler currently toiling for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
Today's food for thought
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