5 Forgotten Chicago Cubs who are still playing Major League Baseball

Free Agent acquisitions, trades, and waiver claims remain the most prominent avenues for how players move about Major League Baseball. Here are five former Chicago Cubs still in MLB.
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1. D.J. LeMahieu, New York Yankees

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Although fans can easily recognize D.J. LeMahieu due to his playing for the Yankees, this selection was made due to the fact that perhaps not many realize he played for the Cubs. The three-time all-star played just 37 games in his Cubs' career. LeMahieu and Tyler Colvin were sent to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Casey Weathers and Ian Stewart. The trade has been considered by some as one of the most important trades in Colorado sports history.

Furthermore, fans speculate this trade laid the groundwork for the 2018 Rockies, the same team that defeated the Cubs in 13 innings during the Wild Card Round at Wrigley Field. On the other hand, the Cubs have the most recent World Series title and more National League Championship Series appearances than Colorado. Despite the monumental victory in 2016, one of Theo Epstein's most memorable snafus during his Cubs' tenure was the LeMahieu trade.

LeMahieu is a two-time All-MLB First Team selection (2019, 2020), a four-time Gold Glove Award winner (2014, 2017, 2018 and 2022) and a three-time Wilson Defensive Player of the Year recipient (2013, 2017 and 2018). Despite the accolades, there is no guarantee LeMahieu would've panned out the same way had he remained with the Cubs.

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