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Tribune Co. Reportedly Reaches Deal With Ricketts

According to sources, the Tribune Co. has finally reached an agreement to sell the Cubs to the Ricketts family. released a story further detailing this agreement. This is big news after what can be looked at as a very successful weekend series with the Brewers. Current ring leaders, Jim Hendry and Crane Kenney have been left in the dark in terms of trades because of the stall of this sale. This could not have come at a more opportune time as the Cubs limp into the All-Star break. 

The team has done all it can to remain within striking distance of the division leading Cardinals and Brewers. The holes within the team still remain, but now GM Jim Hendry will have a better idea of how to fix these holes. After taking 3 of 4 from the Brewers, many bright signs surfaced heading into the break. Derrek Lee continues his surge as he has put this team on his back. Geovany Soto and Jake Fox continue to provide power which Sam Fuld offers a spark off the bench. The struggling Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley continue to be a problem, but the break might be just what they need. 

While the bullpen had a good weekend, the Cubs may still look to add some help. Another starting pitcher might also be considered as Rich Harden's struggles continue. Other than that they will see how Aramis Ramirez does in his expected return this week and go from there. Ramirez first rehab game in my own back yard of Kane County was a success, as he powered a double off the wall in his first at bat. 

The Cubs have positioned themselves very nicely one week before the All-Star break and must have success against the Braves while the Brewers and Cardinals beat up on each other. They also have the opportunity this weekend to shave the Cardinal's division lead or even take over after a 4 game weekend set with them. 

Obviously the Cubs sale has been a long time coming, and will certainly give the front office a lot more to work with. The Cubs will gladly put this first half behind them and be thankful they have kept their heads above water. Stay tuned....

- Mitch Heun


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