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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
More moves could be in the works for Cubs

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs’ clubhouse will have an infusion of new faces if management completes the much-anticipated pre-trade-deadline roster overhaul on Tuesday.

Soto/Johnson
Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson both are heading to contenders.

The beginning of a new Cubs’ era started to take shape during Monday’s contest as Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto both were pulled from the game and traded in separate deals. A source told ESPNDallas.com’s Richard Durrett the Cubs will be getting minor league pitcher Jake Brigham for Soto, a former Rookie of the Year. Along with Johnson, Paul Maholm will also be heading to the Braves in exchange for pitching prospects Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.

Vizcaino was the key to the trade for the Cubs despite the fact he is still recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery in May.

“It is a little bit unusual but we took a lot of time going through the medical report,” Hoyer said. “Of course you are taking a risk because the guy is injured but in the case of Tommy John it has been to perfected to a point that people come back and generally come back pretty strong.

The Cubs-Rangers trade was still pending physical and cash considerations before being announced by the team.

Starter Jeff Samardzjia will miss all of his teammates who hugged and said their goodbyes during Monday’s contest.

“It was the first time I had ever been a part of anything like that,” Samardzjia said. “This is a profession. (Management has) the right to make these moves, but it is tough to see good guys go.”

Before Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline comes and goes, the Cubs could very well move other franchise fixtures. Most notably, Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza could be traded. The Dodgers have been the main suitor for Dempster, but the Yankees could come in with a last minute offer, according to industry sources. As for Garza, the Toronto Blue Jays have the strongest interest as of Monday night.