Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/12
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The Chicago Cubs announced one trade Monday night and were poised to make another, and neither involved pitcher Ryan Dempster. Before the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-4 at Wrigley Field, reporters surrounded Dempster and asked him if he thought he would make Tuesday's scheduled start for Chicago. When the night ended, Dempster was still a Cub, but other players weren't. The Cubs sent left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm and backup outfielder Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves for minor league right-handed pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. They also reportedly were set to sent catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Jacob Brigham. All of the traded players received hugs and handshakes in the dugout during the game. Because of Major League Baseball technicalities, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer could comment on only the Atlanta deal. "I think we've been really clear all along that we're not contending right now, and we need to take a...
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