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Matt Garza is still a Cub.
Traded LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson and cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Jaye Chapman.
Traded C Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers for RHP Jacob Brigham
Traded RHP Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers for 3B Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks.
Impact in 2012
These moves are all part of the bigger picture in Chicago, which is a slow and steady rebuilding of the entire organization.
Brigham, 24, could find his way into the Cubs' rotation before the end of the season. Over the last year-and-a-half in Double-A, he has posted a 4.38 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a 8.4 K/9 ratio.
Impact in 2013 and Beyond
Of the five players that the Cubs acquired, none has as high an upside as Vizcaino, ranked the Braves' second-best prospect entering he season by Baseball America.
Out for the season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, the 21-year-old could be stretched out with the potential for becoming a No. 2 or No. 3 starter—or he could wind up in the bullpen, where he wouldn't put as much wear and tear on his surgically repaired elbow.
Villanueva, the Rangers' ninth-best prospect (per Baseball America), has speed, some power and the potential to become the Cubs' starting third baseman down the line.
Over 425 plate appearances in High-A this season, the 21-year-old posted a .285/.356/.421 batting line with 10 home runs, 59 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Slow and steady wins the race. The Cubs picked up quality prospects in exchange for the players they jettisoned, and the fact they were able to get Vizcaino is amazing. He could be something very special in Chicago. The rebuild is officially underway in the Windy City.