I expect the shockwaves from "The Trade" to ripple through Cub Tracks for at least a couple more editions.
From Comcast SportsNet
- You may have seen that prospect rankings are getting updated.
- Theo Epstein is betting on Addison Russell and where the game is heading. This includes some good notes on how the game is changing.
- (Video/Audio) Russell's now former Double-A manager gives his thoughts on the young shortstop.
- And here's what the A's thought of their former top prospect.
- Jake Arrieta is now front and center for the Cubs' rotation.
- Theo Epstein hopes the days of the Cubs being "obvious sellers" is now over.
- The trade is the talk of the big leagues. Tigers' star Justin Verlander was among those weighing in.
- For his part, Jeff Samardzija says he's just happy to be with Oakland. I'm happy to see him taking the high-road, because I was expecting a couple of digs at his former organization.
From Cubs Den
- After the trade, the Cubs minor league system is teeming with talent. What happens next is a matter of much speculation around the industry.
- "The Big One" is out of the way, but trade rumors around the Cubs will persist.
- Vote early, vote often. Anthony Rizzo needs your vote to get the spot in the All-Star Game that he deserves.
- Trading away 40% of your starting rotation puts out a help wanted sign for arms. But the Cubs will fill the gaps from within.
- John Baker had been the personal catcher for Jason Hammel. With Hammel off to Oakland, Baker's role will change.
- Having "too many" talented shortstops just means the club has options aplenty.
- Sometimes we forget this part. But Jeff Samardzija will be missed by his friends.
- Dan Straily was the "third piece" in the trade. For now, the Cubs hope the righty gets locked in at Iowa.
- A bit of bookkeeping, but the signing of sixth-round draft choice Dylan Cease is official.
- Jeff Samardzija was voted by his peers to the All-Star Game. He won't pitch, but his selection shows the dilemma that faced the front office.
- And Shark came up big in his A's debut, impressing his new teammates.
- Hey now, Starlin Castro is an All-Star for the third time.
- The Cubs bid farewell to their traded teammates.
- Many are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel: the sell-off is (almost) over.
- From the "well, I sure hope so" file: Theo Epstein thinks Addison Russell is special.
- The Cubs jumped the shark (Shark jumped?) on trade season again. Here's a preview of what the deadline may bring to the rest of the division (including more on the Cubs).
- Mark Gonzales answers another mailbag.
- (Video) Starlin Castro talks about his All-Star selection.
- (Video) Anthony Rizzo talks about being on the final ballot.
- David Haugh writes that Addison Russell is hungry and humble.
- Opportunity is now knocking for several Cub pitchers.
- Meanwhile, the remaining veterans are hoping to lead by example.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- The Cubs are taking a different tact to acquiring pitching.
- Theo Epstein sees the light at the end of the tunnel, but knows the Cubs will probably take a step back following the trade of two starters.
- Starlin Castro says he's not "threatened" by the Cubs' shortstop stockpile.
- Here's another profile piece on Kyle Schwarber, who could head up the "third wave" of talent headed to Wrigley.
From the Daily Herald
- Len Kasper says talking about a potential no-hitter is part of a broadcaster's job.
- Here's a fantasy baseball look at the pitchers who may take the open spots in the rotation.
Today's food for thought