Chicago Sun-Times
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Hill in; Bako, Stanton out

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One day after settling the closer job, the Cubs ended the final position-player battle in camp, making Koyie Hill the backup catcher and cutting veteran catcher Paul Bako, as well as former Yankee reliever Mike Stanton.

Neither veteran player had a bad spring. Bako hit .364 this spring, including a 5-for-5 streak at one point. But Hill had the inside track as a trusted backup already in the organization, and his spring was as good as Bako's -- actually hitting .381 through Sunday with a homer and four doubles.

Stanton was a longshot to make the roster from the start after missing all of last year. He had a 6.48 ERA in 10 appearances this spring -- most of the damage in 2 or 3 of the appearances.

The two roster moves leave 28 players in camp, with only the final two bullpen spots to settle.

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They'll rue the day they let Henry "Hank White" Blanco get away.

Both Bako and Stanton will probably get other offers, especially Bako.

Mark this in your calendar. Trade deadline July 31st, Cubs trade for Padres catch Hank White.

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