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Cubs trade Geovany Soto to Rangers

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Cubs trade Geovany Soto to Rangers

It wasn't Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza, but the first domino for the Cubs has fallen before Tuesday's MLB non-waiver trade deadline.

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David KaplanSoto to Texas Rangers
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The Cubs have traded Catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Jacob Brigham.

Soto was pulled in the fifth inning of Monday night's game and was seen hugging teammates in the dugout.

In 52 games with the Cubs this season, the 29-year-old catcher was batting .199 with six homers and 14 RBI. He spent time on the disabled list earlier this year and while his .623 OPS leaves some to be desired, Soto has upside.

He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2008, putting up a great .868 OPS with 23 homers and 86 RBI. He also had an .890 OPS in 2010, but struggled with a .218 average in '09 and .228 average last season.

Soto has a career .899 OPS against left-handers with a .298.395.504 line. He will provide the Rangers another veteran catcher and right-handed bat.

Brigham is a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher taken in the sixth round of the '06 draft by the Rangers. He has never climbed above Double-A, where he boasts a 5-5 record, 4.28 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 21 starts this season. He does, however, have 230 strikeouts in 238.1 innings in Double-A.

Mitch Trubisky will reportedly start for the Bears' Week 7 matchup with the New Orleans Saints

Mitch Trubisky will reportedly start for the Bears' Week 7 matchup with the New Orleans Saints

We'd been circling this news all week, and now it's getting closer to reality: late Saturday night, Adam Schefter reported that QB Mitch Trubisky will be under center for the Bears' matchup with the Saints this Sunday:

Trubisky was a full participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday of last week, but had still been listed as questionable up to this point. He returns after dislocating his left shoulder in Week 4 against the Vikings and missing the team's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.

The news comes at a crucial juncture of the season for the Bears, who are currently 3-2 and in third place in the NFC North.

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Bulls will sign player to 2-way contract, but NBA roster is set for now

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Bulls will sign player to 2-way contract, but NBA roster is set for now

The Bulls waived Milton Doyle, Justin Simon and Simisola Shittu Saturday, which is minor news since they were mostly camp bodies competing for possibly a two-way contract.

The bigger development is that the Bulls’ roster is basically set, pending the signing of one player to the second two-way contract still available. No Iman Shumpert. No Alfonzo McKinnie. And that’s just naming two hometown products recently linked to the Bulls via the rumor mill.

The Bulls still want to see what they have in Chandler Hutchison, who did some individual shooting Saturday but missed all training camp with a hamstring injury. Denzel Valentine, currently out of the rotation, is staying ready.

And Shaq Harrison, who missed all five preseason games with his own hamstring injury but now is fully practicing, remains a Jim Boylen favorite.

And that’s what the roster staying set for now is about as much as anything. The buy-in Boylen has received from players dating to voluntary September workouts and bonds that have formed could be disrupted by the waiving of someone like Harrison, whose contract isn’t fully guaranteed but his commitment is.

While the Bulls recognize proven wing depth is a question mark, they value Harrison’s toughness and defensive ability. If Hutchison or Harrison or Valentine---if he gets an opportunity---don’t produce, perhaps a move could be made at a later date.

But expect only the signing of a second player to a two-way contract to join Adam Mokoka for now.

“We’ve been talking about that,” Boylen said. “We’re working on that. We’ve got our list and have reached out to some people. We’re actively in process.”

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