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OK, by acquiring utility man Jake Fox from the A's for minor league righty Ross Wolf today, Andy MacPhail's collection of high-drafted former Cubs is growing. I guess it makes sense; MacPhail spent a decade or so with the Cubs and knows these guys.

Consider that the Orioles currently have on their roster the Cubs' No. 1 pick in 1998 (Corey Patterson), and 2000 (Lou Montanez) and their third-rounder from 2003 (Fox). They also have the Cubs' eighth-rounder from 1998 (Will Ohman) and last year had their 2002 fourth-rounder (Rich Hill).

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Three other ex-Cubs are on the O's current roster: Felix Pie, a nondrafted amateur by the Cubs in 2000 who became that organization's top prospect and is now on the O's DL; Cesar Izturis, who played for the Cubs in 2006-2007; and Scott Moore, who was a first-rounder selected by the Tigers in 2002 but debuted with the Cubs in 2006, after going there in the Kyle Farnsworth deal.

I guess we shouldn't forget Rocky Cherry, who played for the Orioles after MacPhail acquired him and Moore for Steve Trachsel, or Trachsel himself.

I've always said that one of the best ways to build a winner is to emulate another legendary success story, you know, like the Cubs.

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