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Eventually, all of the wheeling and dealing done by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will have to yield results on the field for the Cubs. But for a regime less than two years into its reign, Epstein and Hoyer are doing a fantastic job of trimming the fat on the big-league roster and adding talent to what was a depleted farm system.
No team has been more aggressive in the trade market this summer than the Cubs, who have moved Scott Feldman, Matt Garza and now Soriano. They basically paid Soriano to leave and had to acquiesce to his desire to play for a team that intrigued him, but they are still saving about $7 million in salary through 2014 by moving him to the Yankees.
The return for Soriano isn't going to be anything really worth talking about. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cubs are going to get an A-ball pitcher of their choice.
But as far as a team president and general manager coming to a franchise, having a clear blueprint and executing that plan as quickly as they have, Epstein and Hoyer have been remarkable. There is a lot of new, exciting talent coming through the minors that will play an integral role in the next wave of success.
It is going to take a couple of years, at least, before the results show on the field, but the future looks much, much brighter than it did after the 2011 season.