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Cubs trade Baker, option Campana

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Cubs trade Baker, option Campana

Shortly after the Cubs announced the promotion of Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, the North Siders traded Jeff Baker and optioned Tony Campana to Triple-A Iowa. Baker is being sent to the Detroit Tigers for two players to be named later.

Baker batted .269 with 10 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games for the Cubs throughout the 2011-12 campaign. The Cubs acquired Baker from the Rockies back in July of 2009, and he had since batted .280 overall with 50 doubles, 15 home runs and 85 RBI in 283 games over his last four seasons in Chicago.

Campana has recorded a .259 average with the Cubs this season, including 41 hits and 21 runs, with a total of 5 RBI. Throughout his time on the North Side, he remained a threat to opposing teams with his whopping 26 stolen bases in 70 games played.

36 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard North

36 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard North

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Glenbard North

Head coach: Ryan Wilkens

Assistant coaches: Rich Smelko, John Cassidy, Bruce Donash, John Pullia, Tom Gudella, Kudret Kamabari and Matt Ng

How they fared in 2017: 5-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Glenbard North made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Batavia in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Neuqua Valley

Aug. 31 vs Warren Township

Sept. 7 @ St. Charles East

Sept. 14 vs Batavia

Sept. 21 @ Wheaton North

Sept. 28 @ Lake Park

Oct. 5 vs St. Charles North

Oct. 12 vs Wheaton Warrenville South

Oct. 19 @ Geneva

[MORE: 50 Days to Kickoff - Neuqua Valley]

Biggest storyline: The Panthers have a new conference home. Can the Panthers reload and fare well in the DuKane Conference?

Names to watch this season: LB Michael Wellman and FB Jake Wilson

Biggest holes to fill: The Panthers will need several players to step up on offense with just one returning starter back from a season ago-- senior FB Jake Wilson.

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbard North says farewell to the DuPage Valley conference and says hello to all things DuKane. The Panthers will undoubtedly be a younger team in 2018. While some of the star power has graduated, head coach Ryan Wilkins will once again focus on establishing a strong, fast and physical running game. Getting off to a good start against a loaded schedule will be a big key for Glenbard North this season. 

Ryan Pace says Bears are optimistic Roquan Smith will soon be at training camp

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Ryan Pace says Bears are optimistic Roquan Smith will soon be at training camp

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy met with the media to kick off training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais Thursday, and the first question peppered at Pace was the status of rookie first-round pick Roquan Smith's contract negotiations.

"We're optimistic he's here soon," Pace said of Smith. "It's a process"

Smith is one of several early first-round picks that remain unsigned, something that doesn't come as a surprise to Pace. The Bears don't have the same benefit of time with Smith as some of the other teams have with their first-rounders. Chicago is one of the first teams to open training camp, bringing more of a focus to Smith's absence.

Pace used the word details to describe what's preventing a deal with Smith at this point and said there's no date in mind for when the first-rounder "really needs to be" at camp. 

The Bears' first practice is scheduled for Friday, July 20.