Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/31/13
Chicago Cubs’ top draft pick Kris Bryant gives them another elite bat on the farm. Looking for a haul of prospects, parts, and financial flexibility, the Chicago Cubs wheeled and dealed and dangled all the way to the July 31 deadline for non-waiver trades.  They spun Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees, Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers, Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles, Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers,  and Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals.  And even though the front office couldn’t quite close deals on Nate Schierholtz, David DeJesus, Kevin Gregg, James Russell, or Dioner Navarro, the trades that they did make, their draft, and their free agent signings set the team up well for the near and long-term future. Going into the 2013 season, the Cubs had one of the strongest farm systems in baseball, with four players on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list – Javier Baez, a shortstop with plus power, Albert Almora, a slick fielding ...
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