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Roberts trade revisited

This didn't take long. The lead story on the Cubs page on the Chicago Sun-Times Web site today is titled Cubs could have used Roberts and speculates that the Cubs might have won their Division Series against the Dodgers if they had the Orioles second baseman (right) to add some balance to their largely right-sided batting order.

It's probably a dead issue this winter. The Cubs and Orioles went back and forth on a possible trade before the 2008 season, but the Cubs used some of the talent from that unfinished deal to acquire Rich Harden from the Oakland A's.

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As for the notion that Roberts might have made a major difference in the postseason, the logic breaks down pretty quickly. Though the Cubs won the NL Central by 7 1/2 games, you can't unwind the Harden deal and assume they would have cruised into the playoffs. He was 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA in his 12 starts after the deal and helped stabilize the starting rotation down the stretch.

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