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Cubs debut at new spring park set

November, 18, 2013
11/18/13
2:15
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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The Chicago Cubs will open their new spring training stadium, Cubs Park, on Feb. 27, 2014 when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Mesa, the team announced on Monday.

The Cubs' spring schedule includes 16 home and road Cactus League games, plus two exhibition games in Las Vegas on March 15 and 16 against the New York Mets. They’ll take on their cross-town rival White Sox on the road in Glendale on March 21 and then again at home on March 27. The Cubs will finish their spring season at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks on March 28 and 29.

The Cubs' new spring training facility is nearly complete and will seat 15,000 just miles from Hohokam Park where the Cubs formerly trained. It’s seen as a state-of-the-art facility with first-class amenities for players and fans alike. It willl house both the Cubs' major and minor league teams during spring training, a departure from Hohokam and Fitch Park which were separate homes for teams within the organization once spring games began.

Tickets for individual spring games go on sale Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at Cubs Park in Mesa, online at the Cubs website and by phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS.

Insider: Five trades I'd like to see

July, 10, 2013
7/10/13
10:51
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Bowden By Jim Bowden
ESPNChicago.com
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With just 21 days left before baseball’s trade deadline, there’s already been a flurry of early activity.

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Ricky Nolasco, the Baltimore Orioles added Scott Feldman and the Washington Nationals traded for Scott Hairston.

A number of factors are compelling teams to try and close deals earlier: a dearth of sellers and surplus of buyers created by two extra playoff slots, new free agent compensation rules and international bonus slots that teams have been trading left and right.

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Jim Bowden takes a look at a few teams that are looking to make a deal before the trade deadline.

10 players likely to be traded by July 31

April, 10, 2013
4/10/13
5:24
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By Staff
ESPNChicago.com

Baseball is witnessing the most competitive balance in more than two decades. As a result, general managers of contending teams already are preparing and targeting potential trade partners for the July 31 trade deadline. All the same, non-contenders are scouting the top prospects in the contenders’ farm system and noting their own trade targets.

For that reason, even 120 days out from the July 31 trade deadline, it isn’t at all too early to be thinking about possible trades.

Thus, here are 10 players I think will most likely be traded by July 31. Early on, GMs have identified the Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins as the four teams most likely to be quickly out of the race, which is why this list has eight players from those teams.

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WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .286
HRA. Rizzo 30
RBIA. Rizzo 71
RA. Rizzo 81
OPSA. Rizzo .889
ERAT. Wood 4.72
SOT. Wood 131