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Old faces in new places

When looking at the 2011-12 offseason, there is one word that best describes the Chicago Cubs from top to bottom: Change.

The Ricketts group hired Theo Epstein to act as President of Baseball Operations and subsequently hired a new GM in Jed Hoyer. Payroll was cut in favor of stocking the farm system, and probably most important, many player moves were made. While the Cubs signed a plethora of young talent hoping to help the organization in the future, if not this year, many notable Cubs became “former Cubs” either by trade or free agency.

Let’s see how some of the old faces have fared thus far with their new teams:

Andrew Cashner: Cubs 2008-11; Traded to Padres Jan. 2012
Spring Training line: 8 IP, 11 K’s, 6 HA, ER, 1.13 ERA

Tyler Colvin: Cubs 2006-11; Traded to Rockies Dec. 2011
Spring Training line: 41 AB, HR, 10 RBI, 16 hits, .390/.429/.610

Sean Marshall: Cubs 2003-11; Traded to Reds Dec. 2011
Spring Training line: 8 IP, 12 K’s, 5 HA, 4 ER, 4.50 ERA

Carlos Pena: Cubs 2011; Free agent signed with Rays Jan. 2012
Spring Training line: 28 AB, 0 HR, RBI, 4 hits, .143/.333/.250

Aramis Ramirez: Cubs 2003-11; Free agent signed with Brewers Dec. 2011
Spring Training line: 32 AB, HR, 2 RBI, 8 hits, .250/.273/.406

Carlos Zambrano: Cubs 1997-11; Traded to Marlins Jan. 2012
Spring Training line: 13.2 IP, 17 K’s, 14 HA, 7 ER, 4.61 ERA

1000 Words: Power surge

Carlos Peña hits one of his two home runs against the Rockies on Monday. He’s the Cubs’ hottest player, with eight bombs in his last 14 games and a .265 AVG/.345 OBP/.816 SLG line over that span. (Photo by David Durochik)

Cubsgrafs: Carlos Peña vs. The Shift

How Carlos Pena beats the shift.

Infographic by Emerald Gao, from the May 2011 issue of Vine Line. Subscribe to Vine Line today to get more top analysis on the Cubs.

Here’s a battle that Cubs fans are keeping an eye on all season—how the power-hitting lefty Carlos Peña deals with special defensive alignments playing to the pull field. Here’s how Peña spread the ball around during the season’s opening series against Pittsburgh, April 1 and April 3 (2), respectively.

And Peña has been beating the shift all sorts of ways after a slow start: From May 1-19, he hit for a .333 AVG/.470 OBP/.667 SLG line with five home runs as 12 RBIs.

Now Playing: The Stat Pack

The Stat Pack video

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Set in Arizona’s beautiful Hotel Valley Ho, five Cubs talk about the statistical keys to the 2011 season. Subscribers already saw the stunning photography by Stephen Green in the April issue of Vine Line, and now you can watch the high-energy video on Features interviews with Kerry Wood, Carlos Peña, Ryan Dempster, Marlon Byrd and Andrew Cashner. Don’t miss it.

Now Playing: The Reinforcements

Watch "The Reinforcements"

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It’s Vine Line come to life like never before: Watch an exclusive video of Matt Garza and Carlos Peña from our May cover feature. Both players participated in a photo shoot at an Army base and talked about how they intend to bolster the Cubs, off the field and on it, this season.

Keep coming back this week for more exclusive video from the Vine Line team.