Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Per ESPN Chicago, former UM catcher Jake Fox has been traded by the Cubs (along with 2B Aaron Miles) to Oakland for three prospects. The Cubs drafted Fox in the 3rd round in 2003.
This is possibly great news for Fox, who played a few different positions for the Cubbies this year, but mostly 3B and OF. While he put up some decent stats (.259, 11 HR, 44 RBI in 82 games, courtesy Baseball Reference) this year, they never really gave him much of a chance. He's got a pretty good chance to start somewhere for the A's and make something of himself.
A Colbert-ian tip of the cap to Oakland for potentially giving him the shot he deserves, and similarly a wag of the finger to the Cubs, who've now traded UM baseball alumni Rich Hill and Fox.
EDIT: full details, according to Rotoworld: "Athletics acquired INF/OF Jake Fox, 2B Aaron Miles and $1 million from the Cubs for RHP Jeff Gray, RHP Ronny Morla and INF/OF Matt Spencer."