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Friday, August 1, 2014
Deadline should be end of era for Cubs

By Jon Greenberg



CHICAGO -- At least James Russell went out a hero.

In his last act as a Chicago Cub on Thursday morning, the bullpen workhorse took one listen to the awful techno music coming out of the clubhouse speakers and decided, no more.

"This sucks," he said to a group of reporters.

So Russell marched over to the team iPod and, a few minutes later, the sweet sounds of Bob Marley wafted through the cramped space.

Too bad Russell, one of two holdovers from the 2010 team, won't be around to enjoy the acoustics in that space-age clubhouse the players have been promised.

But everything is going to be all right for the hirsute left-handed reliever, who was dealt to Atlanta, along with utility man Emilio Bonifacio, at baseball's trading deadline.

As the rest of the league buzzed with Tampa Bay's David Price going to Detroit, Jon Lester and Yoenis Cespedes trading spots in Boston and Oakland, and John Lackey going to St. Louis, the Cubs sending two veterans for a promising Class A catcher in Victor Caratini was almost an afterthought.

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