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Tampering or not, Bryce Harper didn't back away from his comments about recruiting Mike Trout to the Philadelphia Phillies.,Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal last week, caused a stir Tuesday when he told a local Philadelphia radio show he would campaign for the two-time American League MVP if the Los Angeles Angels outfielder became a free agent after the 2020 season.,"If you don’t think I’m not gonna call Mike Trout in 2020 to have him come to Philly, you’re crazy,” said Harper.,Bryce Harper signed a $330 million deal with the Phillies last week.,When approached by media members Wednesday, Trout didn't have much to say about Harper's comment. read more

Chairman Ricketts referred to Joe Ricketts emails as unacceptable, stressed that his father has no direct role or economic interest in the team and praised him for his charity work in Islamic East Africa.When asked why the team spent so little money this winter, Ricketts replied, Thats a pretty easy question to answer we dont have any more.,He said the impending launch of a regional sports network with Sinclair Broadcast Group would not compel the team to jump into the pool of high-priced free agents.As much as I would love to have a great, new, exciting player every year, Ricketts said, it just cant happen every year.The Cubs made only minimal upgrades to a team that won 95 games in 2018 but lost the division title in Game 163 to the Milwaukee Brewers.,The owner outlined three points to the players, he said: respect the Cubs by acting well on and off the field, respect the fans and contact the team if interested in doing charity work.Then he spoke about his fathers emails.On Feb. 4, the website Splinter News published emails sent by and forwarded to Joe Ricketts, founder and former CEO of TD Ameritrade, whose children purchased the Cubs in 2009.,Ricketts mentioned the raises accrued by Bryant and infielder Javier Baez in arbitration, plus the teams decision to pick up a $20-million option on pitcher Cole Hamels.Those contracts put us well above what weve ever spent before, Ricketts said.The Cubs have shown little interest in either outfielder Bryce Harper or infielder Manny Machado, the two unsigned stars on the market.,To get this behind him, and become a better person.During his remarks to the media, Ricketts bundled the issues swirling around the team his fathers emails, Russells suspension, the lack of spending into the category of distractions.

NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 White Sox and Cubs Spring Training multi-platform coverage details originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com

Chicago, IL (February 7, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2019 MLB season as it gets set to deliver southside and northside baseball fans with its most extensive cross-platform White Sox & Cubs Cactus League Spring Training coverage to date featuring special remote editions of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, along with in-depth reports and video offerings at NBCSportsChicago.com and via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app and much more (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).,Note the following highlights beginning next Monday, February 11: read more

But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

'I have more confidence than last year': A healthy Yu Darvish eyes his return to dominance with the Cubs » read more

Red Sox great Ortiz to make special announcement as part of Foxwoods 2018 World Champions Weekend

David Ortiz, Red Sox great and Fox Sports analyst, will be appearing at Foxwoods Saturday, Jan. 19, for an announcement during the casino’s 2018 World Champions Winter Weekend.,Ortiz’ 11 a.m. appearance in the Panera Food Court during the 5th annual Baseball Winter Weekend will feature an announcement regarding the Red Sox icon and the resort.,During the weekend, fans will be able to get up close to Red Sox players and get photos, attend baseball insider panels, as well as enjoy games and activities, including testing your fastball at the speed pitch, taking some swings in the batting cage and experiencing Sox Virtual Reality.,Throughout the day on Saturday, Red Sox coaches and alumni will host a variety of Kids Clinics in the Celebrity Ballroom.,Catch NESN’s live broadcast of Winter Weekend with special appearances from Red Sox players and executives on Saturday. read more

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more