* got Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies for prospects * got a bunch of prospects from the Marlins for Dee Gordon and Dan Haren * dealt the best of those Marlins prospects (Andrew Heaney) to the Angels for Howie Kendrick * signed Brandon McCarthy
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Unrelated to the thread, but Cub related: Cub tickets for Wrigley went on sale at 10 AM today. As of 8:55 PM, 22 games are already sold out. Wow -- us Cub fans are optimistic. We haven't had back-to-back .500+ seasons since '71-72 (IIRC).