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Trading madness is about to be unleashed. When the deals start coming down the majority of our focus is going to be on the prime prospects that come back to the Cubs. Guys like Chris Reed or Drew Smyly are going to take up the headlines, but odds are good that prime prospect will not be alone in the deal. There will almost certainly be that other guy… the throw-in.

And if the Cubs hold true to form, that throw in could be a formerly somewhat well regarded prospect whose stock has slid lately. That was the case with Casey Weathers from the Rockies and Zach Cates from the Padres, and I strongly suspect it will be the case when Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza are dealt as well. One of these days the Cubs are going to strike gold by picking up that type of player. It is definitely in our interest to take a hard look at the history and resumes of those other guys as the trades become final.

Naturally, the fastest way to get Bleacher Nations’ coverage of all Cub moves is to follow Brett (@BleacherNation) and me (@ltblaize) on Twitter. Things are likely to get crazy in the comments and on the Message Boards as well. Be sure to check in early and often once the deals start to happen.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The Cubs finished off their road trip with a strong 9-1 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies gave up four home runs en route to their 6-1 loss.
Daytona – The Cubs nearly blew this one. Instead, they won 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth.
Peoria – The Chiefs tried to rally in the ninth, but ultimately fell 4-2.
Boise – The Hawks lost a close one by a final of 5-4.
Arizona – The Arizona Cubs had the day off.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Chris Rusin allowed just two hits in his five innings, but that accomplishment was somewhat dimmed by the four walks he allowed.
  • [Iowa] Esmailin Caridad and Jeff Beliveau combined to pitch three innings of relief. They each struck out two.
  • [Iowa] Adrian Cardenas hit his 14th double as part of a four hit game. Just as importantly, he was in the middle of both the Cubs’ double plays.

  • [Tennessee] Kevin Rhoderick did not pitch poorly, but he still took the loss. He gave up two runs on two hits (including a home run) in his two innings of work while striking out four.
  • [Tennessee] The Smokies did not have much offense in this game. Logan Watkins led the team with two hits and his 17th stolen base.
  • [Daytona] Robert Whitenack gave up three hits, three walks, and struck out three in a 4.2 inning start.
  • [Daytona] A.J. Morris gave up one hit and struck out two in two innings of scoreless relief.
  • [Daytona] John Andreoli reached three times on a hit and two walks. He also stole his 33rd base of the season.
  • [Daytona] Elieser Bonne has quietly raised his average to .270. He finished this game with two singles and his 15th stolen base.
  • [Peoria] Larry Suarez pitched two hitless innings and struck out two in relief.
  • [Peoria] Javier Baez came a home run short of the cycle. His triple was his fourth this season.
  • [Peoria] Pin-Chieh Chen stole one base and now has 20 on the year. Zeke DeVoss stole two bags, giving him 24 on the season.
  • [Boise] Roderik Pichardo struck out two in his hitless inning of relief.
  • [Boise] Stephen Bruno had the only multi-hit game for the Hawks.

Other Minor League Notes

  • Gioskar Amaya was hit in the head in the first inning and left the game. There is no concrete word yet on the severity of any injuries.

Farm System Standings

AAAIowa Cubs : 40 – 55.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Third Place: 18.0 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 12-12
Southern League North Division – Second Place : 2.5 Games Behind

High ADaytona Cubs : 11-13
Florida State League North Division – Foourth Place : 3.0 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 9-14
Midwest League Eastern Division – Fourth Place : 4.0 Game Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 10 – 20
Northwest League East Division – Third Place : 9.0 Games Behind

Rookie LeagueAZL Cubs : 15 – 5
Arizona Rookie League East – First Place (tie) : 0.0 Games Ahead

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