Chicago Cubs Trade for Anthony Rizzo: Reviewing and Previewing Cubs Winter

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Chicago Cubs Trade for Anthony Rizzo: Reviewing and Previewing Cubs Winter
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Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod have been Anthony Rizzo's biggest fans since before Rizzo became a professional baseball player. After Friday, the Chicago Cubs executives and their long-time protege will be reunited for the long haul. 

A trade in December brought Yonder Alonso to the San Diego Padres, making Rizzo an expendable commodity for that organization. He's a top-shelf power hitter from the left side of the plate and has plus potential with the glove at first base. Yet, he was ill-suited to PETCO Park and its cavernous right field. Rizzo should get a big boost from the cozy dimensions from right-center field around to left-center in Wrigley Field.

It's part of a singularly busy winter for the Cubs, under new management and headed in an utterly new direction. Here is a recap of their major moves thus far and a look at what may be still to come before Spring Training.

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