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Cubs Notebook: Atlanta Trade Furthers Lasting Rebuild; Arrieta Remains Strong

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Credit: CB Wilkins New Cubs prospect Victor Caratini at the plate in the minors while a part of the Atlanta Braves' farm system. Atlanta sent him to Chicago in exchange for James Russell and Emilio Benifacio.

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New Cubs prospect Victor Caratini at the plate in the minors while a part of the Atlanta Braves’ farm system. Atlanta sent him to Chicago in exchange for James Russell and Emilio Benifacio.

WARR baseball writer Kevin Luchansky writes about the Cubs and the White Sox weekly for WARR.com.

Check out Kevin’s daily baseball betting picks on NorthSideWire.

We’ve reached the month of August — “grind time,” essentially — and the Cubs find themselves in a position all too familiar to the franchise: sitting the basement of the National League Central standings.

What’s worse is that at this point of the season, much of the pitching staff responsible for keeping the Cubs competitive in games throughout 2014 are now pitching for other teams, leaving Chicago with just one starting pitcher, Jake Arrieta, with a sub 4.00 ERA and at least four starts.

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3 World Series Hopefuls With The Best Value In Vegas

After this weekend’s Cubs – Athletics trade pushed the A’s up to 4-1 favorites to win it all, let’s look at 3 teams that potentially still have value in that their odds still make the potential payouts favorable ones.

Angels (10-1) – They may no longer even be the favorite in their division with the haul the A’s just pulled, but I still think this team is built for October, especially if they can bolster their bullpen before the trade deadline.

Braves (12-1) – Streaking in a positive direction of late, the Braves could end up short on pitching depth, but the offense is starting to click.

Giants (15-1) - The Giants have been sliding lately, but I think what they accomplished earlier in the season is more telling of their identity as a team. Grab them at 15-1 now, before they snap off 10 straight and shoot back up to single digits.

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White Sox Notebook: Inconsistent Sox Have Tough Choices Ahead

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Andrew A. Nelles/AP Dayan Viciedo connects on a two-run homer Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Dayan Viciedo connects on a two-run homer Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

WARR baseball writer Kevin Luchansky writes about the Cubs and the White Sox weekly for WARR.com.

Also, check out Kevin’s daily baseball betting picks on NorthSideWire.

For the sake of their front office and the decisions they are tasked to make over the course of the next 25 days or so, I really wish this Chicago White Sox team would make up their mind on whether they are contenders or pretenders this season.

It’s not as simple as yes or no, but hovering just below .500 in a pretty mediocre division makes this question a little bit more difficult: are the White Sox buying, selling or staying put in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline?

Coming off a series win against a solid Seattle Mariners team, sealed in a 1-0…

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Cubs Notebook: Pitching Downgraded in Trade but Team Still Improved

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@Cubs/Twitter The Cubs' haul from their blockbuster trade with the Oakland A's this weekend.

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The Cubs’ haul from their blockbuster trade with the Oakland A’s this weekend.

WARR baseball writer Kevin Luchansky writes about the Cubs and the White Sox weekly for WARR.com.

Check out Kevin’s daily baseball betting picks on NorthSideWire.

News first broke last night that the Chicago Cubs were sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for Addison Russell, right-hander Dan Straily, Billy McKinney and perhaps a player-to-be-named-later, that news has become fact over the course of Saturday.

Outside of the maybe unprecedented pitching duo being shifted from Chicago to Oakland, Russell is the star name here and this trade is, without a doubt, the biggest move baseball has seen since Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler traded places in Detroit and Texas this past offseason. Russell, a 20 year old shortstop, isn’t just the Oakland A’s top prospect, he’s one of the top 15 prospects in all of baseball…

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