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Cubs Organization Report

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For a kid growing up in Springfield, Ill., and rooting for the Cubs, not much for lefthander Ryan O'Malley could beat meeting his idol Ryne Sandberg in spring training. But the 26-year-old O'Malley trumped that thrill on Aug. 16 when he learned he had been promoted from the Triple-A Iowa rotation to Chicago. Because the Cubs had used all available pitchers in an 18-inning game in Houston the night before, they opted to call up O'Malley, who was with Iowa in nearby Round Rock.

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Cubs Organization Report

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One of the best parts of Mike Quade's job as Triple-A Iowa manager is getting to tell young players that they've made it to the major leagues. But Quade himself received a phone call from Cubs general manager Jim Hendry in July. He was being called up to the parent club to take over as the third-base coach while Chris Speier took a leave of absence to tend to personal business.

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CHICAGO—The Cubs traded for speedy Juan Pierre, picked up free agent Jacque Jones and were trying to trade for shortstop Miguel Tejada. But the Cubs made another move that few fans paid attention to but could be just as important for the organization when they hired Tim Wilken as their director of amateur and professional scouting. He replaces John Stockstill, who moved on to become an assistant general manager with Baltimore.

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CHICAGO—Last year, the Cubs traded Sammy Sosa to the Orioles for Jerry Hairston plus minor league infielder Mike Fontenot and minor league righthander David Crouthers. The minor leaguers didn't pan out so well, as Crouthers retired after spring training and Fontenot played in just seven major league games in 2005 and is no longer on the 40-man roster.

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CHICAGO—Every spring training, Cubs manager Dusty Baker saves a few spots on the roster for what he calls "that surprise player" who raises his game—and a few eyebrows—and earns a big league job. Angel Pagan is one of many invited to camp who hopes to be that surprise player. The Cubs purchased his contract from the Mets, and even though the 24-year-old has yet to play in a major league game, Chicago placed him on the 40-man roster.

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CHICAGO—Scott Moore has yet to play a game above the Class A level after four seasons in the minors. But the Cubs are so impressed with the Long Beach native's potential that they were afraid to lose him in December's Rule 5 draft and placed him on the 40-man roster. The reasons are pretty simple.

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