Hail Cesar!

Well the trade deadline has passed and it looks like Greg Maddux, just like McCarver and Buck stated 2,500 times on saturday, has pitched his last game in a Cubs uniform. The Cubs have traded Mad Dog to the LA Dodgers for Cesar Izturis.

Only 26, Izturis won the NL Gold Glove as shortstop in 2004 and is the only infielder I know of who's had Tommy John surgery. Nonetheless, he should provide a great glove in the middle infield for the Cubs and I can only hope Ronny Cedeno is asked to move to 2B to make room for Cesar. With Todd Walker now in San Diego, I can't fathom Neifi getting the full-time gig at 2B. Cedeno obviously hasn't been outstanding so far in the second half, but I'd rather see a Izturis-Cedeno infield than a Izturis-Perez one.

And lastly all of us at the Saloon wish Maddux the best of luck in LA. Hopefully he'll get one last shot at the postseason wearing Dodger blue, since Cubbie blue hasn't been fruitful for him.

Thanks Greg.

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