3 Chicago Cubs takeaways prior to Crosstown Classic series with Chicago White Sox

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1. Craig Counsell continues reshaping the Cubs' roster

Another roster move was made over the weekend that suggested that Craig Counsell may have greater influence over the Cubs roster than Jed Hoyer.

Prior to Sunday's game against the Reds, the Cubs optioned Nk Madrigal to Triple-A Iowa in favor of David Bote,

The idea of Bote getting another opportunity for the Cubs at the Major League level under Hoyer seemed to be a foreign concept considering he was stashed at Triple-A Iowa for much of the past two seasons despite the need that the team had at third base. It would seem that Counsell's voice reigns supreme in regard to the Cubs' roster and we will see more of that influence if the team's struggles continue.