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. 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.

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

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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.

But dwelling on the Cubs’…

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