How Theo Worked His Magic

<span>How Theo <br> Worked His Magic</span>

Theo Epstein took over the Cubs in 2011 after a 71-win season. This year, they won 103 games -- the most for the franchise in 106 years. How did it happen? We examine all his moves, big and small.

The Chronology

The Moves

<span>Jan. 6, 2012</span>

Acquired <span>Anthony Rizzo</span> and Zach Cates from the Padres for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na

<span>July 31, 2012</span>

Acquired <span>Kyle Hendricks</span> and Christian Villanueva from the Rangers for Ryan Dempster

<span>June 6, 2013</span>

Drafted <span>Kris Bryant</span> with the second overall pick

<span>July 2, 2013</span>

Acquired <span>Jake Arrieta,</span> Pedro Strop and cash from the Orioles for Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman

<span>July 5, 2014</span>

Acquired <span>Addison Russell,</span> Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and cash from the A's for Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija

<span>Dec. 15, 2014</span>

<span>Jon Lester</span> signed a six-year, $155 million contract as a free agent

<span>Dec. 8-15, 2015</span>

<span>Ben Zobrist</span> signed a four-year, $56 million contract, and <span>Jason Heyward</span> signed an eight-year, $184 million contract

<span>July 25, 2016</span>

Acquired <span>Aroldis Chapman</span> from the Yankees for Rashad Crawford, Billy McKinney, Gleyber Torres and Adam Warren

The results