The Cubs found a soft landing spot for Darwin Barney, sending the Gold Glove second baseman into the middle of a pennant race with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The left coast seems determined to make their impact felt in the MLB this season.
The trade deadline is nearing, and the Cubs also will have to deal with a few tough teams from the NL West.
Can anyone stop Oakland? Heading into the season's unofficial second half, the A's are the clear favorite for a title. But this is baseball and nothing is guaranteed.