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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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MESA, Ariz.—There was a time when Randy Wells was hoping to catch guys like Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Carlos Zambrano at the major league level. But when he arrived at Fitch Park for his first major league camp as a non-roster player this year, he wasn't catching anyone. He was doing his drills with the pitchers.

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MESA, Ariz.—With Derrek Lee at the World Baseball Classic, two first-base prospects made powerful impressions in spring training. Brandon Sing hit a pair of home runs in his first Cactus League start, while Brian Dopirak added two homers in a three-game stretch. Neither was expected to make the big league club out of spring training, but their hot starts could be big down the line if the Cubs are looking for help during the 2006 season.

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