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The Fallacy Of How The Cubs Were Built

We all know the Cubs were built into a World Series contender through a farm system rejuvenated by high draft picks resulting from three seasons of tanking, right? Wrong.

Let's take a look at the team's 25-man roster and how they all came to be Cubs.

Miguel Montero: TRADE

David Ross: FREE AGENT

Anthony Rizzo: TRADE

Ben Zobrist: FREE AGENT

Addison Russell: TRADE

Kris Bryant: DRAFT (Theo Epstein)

Tommy La Stella: TRADE

Javy Baez: DRAFT (Jim Hendry)

Jorge Soler: FREE AGENT (International)

Dexter Fowler: TRADE & FREE AGENT

Jason Heyward: FREE AGENT

Matt Szczur: DRAFT (Hendry)

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If you wanted to include Kyle Schwarber, yes, he was drafted by Theo.

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Jake Arrieta: TRADE

Jon Lester: FREE AGENT

John Lackey: FREE AGENT

Jason Hammel: FREE AGENT (Twice)

Kyle Hendricks: TRADE

Hector Rondon: RULE 5 (from Cleveland)

Pedro Strop: TRADE

Justin Grimm: TRADE

Neil Ramirez: TRADE

Travis Wood: TRADE

Trevor Cahill: FREE AGENT (Twice)

Clayton Richard: PURCHASED (from Pittsburgh)

Adam Warren: TRADE

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Now you may be thinking that Theo used some of his hot draft picks in those trades. Nope. Let's review.

Montero: Acquired from Arizona for Jeferson Mejia (a Theo free agent signed out of the Dominican) and Zack Godley (a Theo 10th-round draft pick).

Rizzo: Acquired from San Diego for Hendry draft pick Andrew Cashner.

Russell: Acquired from Oakland with Billy McKinney and Dan Straily for Jason Hammell (free agent) and Jeff Samardzija (Hendry draft pick). Straily was later dealt with Luis Valbuena to Houston for Dexter Fowler. Valbuena became a Cub when Theo plucked him off waivers from Toronto.

La Stella: Acquired from Atlanta for Arodys Vizcaino. Vizcaino was originally acquired from Atlanta with Jaye Chapman for Reed Johnson (a Hendry free agent), Paul Maholm (a Theo free agent) and cash.

Arrieta: Acquired from Baltimore with Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman (a Theo free agent) and Steve Clevenger (a Hendry draft pick).

Hendricks: Acquired from Texas with Christian Villanueva for Ryan Dempster (a Hendry free agent).

Grimm and Ramirez: Acquired from Texas with Carl Edwards and Mike Olt for Matt Garza (acquired in a Hendry trade).

Wood: Acquired from Cincinnati with Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes for Sean Marshall (a Hendry draft pick).

Warren: Acquired from the Yankees with Brendan Ryan for Starlin Castro (a Hendry draft pick).

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So how did Theo really build the Cubs? Relentless flipping.

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