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Chicago Cubs: Justin Wilson could be huge difference-maker in 2018

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 11: Relief pitcher Justin Wilson #37 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase …

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Nationals Name Dave Martinez Manager

<b>NOV. 18:</b> Martinez will make $2.8MM over the next three years. His 2021 option is valued at $1.2MM, giving his contract a maximum of $4MM over four …

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Bridges perfect from 3, No. 5 Villanova blows out Lafayette

Mikal Bridges set a school record by hitting all six of his 3-point shots and scored a career-high 24 points in No. 5 Villanova's 104-57 rout of …

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Chicago Cubs News: Epstein confident, Boras still being Boras

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Manager Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs (L) meets with general manager Theo Epstein before game three of the National League …

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The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.<p>The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from …

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Chicago Cubs: Epstein confident in what team accomplished at GM meetings

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)<p>As the GM meetings came to a close in Florida, the Chicago Cubs front office left with all smiles. Are they …

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Who Do We Love to Hate Part 2: The NL Central

Part two of our ongoing quest to find out which franchise Angels fans loathe the most. If you haven’t yest voted for the NL West entrant of your …

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Chicago Cubs Rumors: Team, Alex Cobb have ‘mutual interest’

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JULY 15: Starting pitcher Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays walks to the dugout as he is relieved after pitching 7 2/3 …

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Ex-Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez is speeding up the timetable on White Sox

ORLANDO, Fla. — The White Sox are beginning to understand what the Cubs already knew about Eloy Jimenez, a young right-handed power hitter who drew …

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Criticism of Cubs manager Joe Maddon 'comes with the territory': GM Jed Hoyer

Cubs manager <b>Joe Maddon</b> drew criticism in the National League Championship Series for some of his moves, including the fateful decision to go with <b>John Lackey</b> in the ninth inning of Game 2.<p>Many in the Cubs’ front office wonder why Maddon gets so much heat from fans, especially after what he has …

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Baseball Wants Kinder, Gentler Managers

Orlando, Fla.<p>Dusty Baker managed the Washington Nationals to the National League’s second-best record in 2017. John Farrell guided the Boston Red Sox to their second straight title in perhaps baseball’s most competitive division. Joe Girardi helmed a “rebuilding” New York Yankees squad that defied …

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Cubs GM: Criticism of Joe Maddon 'nature of being manager in Chicago'

ORLANDO, Fla. – Joe Maddon took the North Side by storm in 2015, winning 97 games, knocking off the Cardinals in the playoffs and winning the …

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2017 MLB Offseason Preview: Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs (92-70), 3rd in the NL East<p><b>Free Agents:</b> SPs Jake Arrieta and John Lackey, RPs Wade Davis, Brian Duensing and Koji Uehara, Cs Alex Avila …

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Recent MLB manager of the year winners

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Should the Rays consider tanking? Recent history says ‘maybe’

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Rays spent considerable time and assets last season and, to a lesser degree, the previous couple trying to get the 85-88 wins …

Kevin Kiermaier

Washington Nationals: 2017 Season Review and Offseason Preview

What went right, what went wrong, and what are the top priorities for the Washington Nationals this offseason?<p>In many ways, the Washington Nationals …

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Mets Morning News for November 12, 2017

Meet the Mets<p>The Mets hot stove—and everything else for that matter—has been lukewarm and uneventful so far. But the team could be in touch with the …

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Brandon Morrow shows ways Cubs can rebuild bullpen

The Cubs could try to sign Brandon Morrow or find the next Brandon Morrow or maybe pull off both moves as they rebuild a bullpen that got exposed in …

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Alex Cobb would be ‘very honored’ to play for Cubs

Free agent pitcher Alex Cobb sure sounds like he’d prefer to play for the Chicago Cubs.<p>The former Tampa Bay Ray said Friday that he would be “very …

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Chicago Cubs News: Strop’s solid season, Happ on the block again?

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Pedro Strop<p>The Chicago Cubs’ Pedro Strop isn’t perfect, but he once again had a solid season out of the bullpen. And after …

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Chicago Cubs made the right call in their new bench coach

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 02: Rene Rivera #7 of the Chicago Cubs high fives first base coach Brandon Hyde #16 after hitting a grand slam against the …

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Chicago Cubs: Jon Jay proved to be a valuable spark for Joe Maddon

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Jon Jay<p>Chicago Cubs outfielder Jon Jay proved this year that, sometimes, under-the-radar signings are the best kind of …

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Cubs expect David Ross to take on bigger role next season as Brandon Hyde shifts to bench coach

David Ross took on so many jobs and projects in “retirement” that the Cubs didn’t really have a chance to get him as their new bench coach. Plus, …

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Cubs pitching coach endorses potentially signing Cobb

The Chicago Cubs found a new pitching coach at the end of October, reuniting Jim Hickey with manager Joe Maddon, but he may not be the only former …

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NL Notes: Cobb, Cubs, Marlins, Mets, Reds

In an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Friday, free agent right-hander <b>Alex Cobb</b> spoke highly of <b>Cubs</b> manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Jim …

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Cubs confirm Brandon Hyde accepts bench coach role with Maddon

The Chicago Cubs have promoted Brandon Hyde to bench coach, a position vacated when Dave Martinez became the new manager of the Washington …

Ken Rosenthal

Brandon Hyde returns to bench-coach duties for Cubs

The Cubs’ coaching carousel has at least one more turn to make this month before it’s done spinning.<p>Until then, Brandon Hyde moves from the …

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We’ve Reached Peak Shift

There’s a growing number of windmills sprouting around the country. One can see fields of them from plane windows at 30,000 feet. There’s even a …

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Chicago Cubs: Where does Joe Maddon rank amongst team’s skippers all-time?

SEATTLE – JUNE 24: Manager Lou Piniella #41 of the Chicago Cubs argues a call with third base umpire Mike Reilly #31 after Chone Figgins of the …

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Alex Cora joins Gabe Kapler, Dave Martinez, Mickey Callaway as first-time managers hired by major-league teams this offseason

Alex Cora isn't the only first-time manager named this offseason.BOSTON - A common thread has emerged among the four managerial hirings since the end …

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