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Does Fielder signing affect Cubs-Tigers trade rumors?

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Does Fielder signing affect Cubs-Tigers trade rumors?

Now that Prince Fielder has inked a megadeal with the Tigers, what does that mean for the Cubs?

For one, it just assures the NL Central will be without the slugger until at least the end of his prime (barring a trade or opt-out clause in the contract). It's great for the Cubs that they won't have to face Albert Pujols or Fielder in 60 or so at-bats each season. Maybe that will be enough to bring Cubs pitchers back down a more respectable level in 2012 after a less-than-stellar '11 season.

The Fielder deal also affects the trade market for certain Cubs.

For one, the Tigers were one of the teams allegedly in big on Matt Garza. It hasn't worked out that way so far and with all the money thrown at Fielder, Detroit needs cheap pitching. The Tigers currently don't have a surefire No. 5 starter without turning to a rookie -- like Jacob Turner, whom the Cubs wanted as the centerpiece of a deal for Garza.

Garza will earn at least 7.95 million in arbitration for 2012, which is awfully expensive to a team that will pay three separate guys at least 20 million in 2012 as well as Victor Martinez 13 million to sit on the disabled list all year. If Garza wins arbitration and his '12 contract is 12.5 million, that may count out the Tigers completely.

Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski vehemently denied any interest in trading for Garza before, but he also denied any interest in Fielder and look what happened there. It's possible Garza is still on the table, but maybe not for Turner, according to Dan Dickerson, the radio voice of the Tigers. Check out the video on the right for more from Dickerson.

The Fielder signing also probably puts the Tigers out on possible Alfonso Soriano or Marlon Byrd trades. There really haven't been any rumors here -- only speculation -- but there's no way the Tigers would want to take on either of these guys' contracts, even if the Cubs eat some money.

If Detroit moves Miguel Cabrera to third base and plays Prince Fielder at first, they would still have an opening at DH, but Byrd or Soriano probably aren't good fits, if only for their price.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Where do Cubs go from here down 0-2 in NLCS?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Where do Cubs go from here down 0-2 in NLCS?

Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki analyze the Cubs' sub-optimal position in the NLCS, down two games to none to the Dodgers with a lack of offense and a struggling bullpen.

Plus, what was Joe Maddon thinking with his lineup and bullpen decisions in the first two games of the series? And what is really going with Wade Davis?

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

NBC Sports Chicago continues expanded, multi-platform Cubs/NLCS coverage this week

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NBC Sports Chicago continues expanded, multi-platform Cubs/NLCS coverage this week

Game 3 coverage Tuesday, October 17 – LIVE from Wrigley Field

“Cubs Pregame Live: NLCS Game 3” at 7:00 PM CT

“Cubs Postgame Live: NLCS Game 3” at approx. 11:00 PM CT

Game 4 coverage Wednesday, October 18 – LIVE from Wrigley Field

“Cubs Pregame Live: NLCS Game 4” at 7:00 PM CT

“Cubs Postgame Live: NLCS Game 4” at approx. 11:00 PM CT

Game 5 coverage (if nec.) Thursday, October 19 – LIVE from Wrigley Field

“Cubs Pregame Live: NLCS Game 5” at 6:30 PM CT (on NBC Sports Chicago+)

“Cubs Postgame Live: NLCS Game 5” at approx. 10:30 PM CT

“In the Loop: Road to a Repeat” Cubs special to air TONIGHT at 10:30 PM CT

NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive  or via the NBC Sports app

Chicago, IL (October 16, 2017) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, will continue to provide fans with LIVE expanded, surrounding coverage of the Cubs hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS this week live from Wrigley Field! 

With the Cubs looking to storm back from an 0-2 series deficit, the NLCS shifts to Wrigley Field this week for Game 3 (TOMORROW – Tue, Oct. 17), Game 4 (Wed, Oct. 18), and an if necessary Game 5 on Thu, Oct. 19.  As it provided fans during the NLDS, NBC Sports Chicago will once again deliver expanded editions of Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group and Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois LIVE from the Brickhouse Tavern overlooking the always-festive Park at Wrigley.

For NLCS surrounding game coverage at Wrigley Field this week, hosts David Kaplan (@thekapman) and David DeJesus (@David_DeJesus3) will be joined by Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and NBCSportsChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney (@MooneyNBCS) with up-to-the-minute on-field reports and interviews.

Please note the following details for NBC Sports Chicago’s surrounding Cubs-Dodgers NLCS coverage this week from Wrigley Field…NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago live stream also available on www.NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago Chicago subscribers:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17

7:00 PM – Cubs Pregame Live: NLCS Game 3 presented by Fields Auto Group – Hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan and David DeJesus, this special ONE-HOUR edition of Cubs Pregame Live will break down and preview Game 3 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, pitching match-up and player analyses, a recap of Games 1 & 2, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney.

11:00 PM (time approx.) Cubs Postgame Live: NLCS Game 3 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postgame Live, hosted by Kaplan and DeJesus, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of Game 3, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, a preview of Game 4, and much more. This edition of Cubs Postgame Live can also be viewed on Facebook Live (www.Facebook.com/NBCSChicago).

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18

7:00 PM – Cubs Pregame Live: NLCS Game 4 presented by Fields Auto Group – Hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan and David DeJesus, this special ONE-HOUR edition of Cubs Pregame Live will break down and preview Game 4 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, pitching match-up and player analyses, a recap of Games 1-3, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney.

11:00 PM (time approx.) Cubs Postgame Live: NLCS Game 4 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postgame Live, hosted by Kaplan and DeJesus, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of Game 4, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, a preview of Game 5 (if nec.), and much more. This edition of Cubs Postgame Live can also be viewed on Facebook Live (www.Facebook.com/NBCSChicago).

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

6:30 PM (on NBC Sports Chicago+)Cubs Pregame Live: NLCS Game 5 presented by Fields Auto Group (if nec.) – Hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan and David DeJesus, this special edition of Cubs Pregame Live will break down and preview Game 5 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, pitching match-up and player analyses, a recap of Games 1-4, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney.

10:30 PM (time approx.) Cubs Postgame Live: NLCS Game 5 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (if nec.) – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postgame Live, hosted by Kaplan and DeJesus, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of Game 5, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, a preview of Games 6-7 (if nec.) in Los Angeles, and much more. This edition of Cubs Postgame Live can also be viewed on Facebook Live (www.Facebook.com/NBCSChicago).

TONIGHT at 10:30 PM CT (and airing at 10:30 PM on weeknights throughout the Cubs playoff run), NBC Sports Chicago will provide viewers with expanded Cubs playoff coverage on In the Loop: Road to a Repeat presented by State Farm.  This half-hour show, featuring a rotation of Cubs experts including Kaplan, DeJesus, Crull, Mooney, and additional special guests, will provide fans with up-to-the-minute Cubs-Dodgers NLCS news and updates, player/manager interviews, workout day feature reports, comprehensive game previews/recaps, an overview of the ALCS, and much more.

In addition, NBCSportsChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive Cubs/NLCS content including the following highlights:

  • Live stream of Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every NLCS game.
  • NBCSportsChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney will provide extensive team/player news, special feature stories, and much more throughout the NLCS. Follow him on Twitter @MooneyNBCS for 24/7 inside access.  In addition, Cubs digital reporter and producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) will also provide Cubs reports/features on the beat with Mooney for every NLCS game. Plus – David Kaplan (@thekapman), David DeJesus (David_DeJesus3), and Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) will also provide additional updates and reports from their perspective throughout the NLCS.
  • Complete coverage of the Cubs/NLCS can be found at NBCSportsChicago.com’s “CubsTalk” section presented by Wintrust (http://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs ) featuring the very latest game day reports, detailed series analysis, video features, and much more. For complete 24/7 Cubs coverage, fans are urged to followed @NBCSCubs on Twitter.
  • IPowWow – On every edition of “Cubs Pregame Live,” Cubs fans can vote in real-time on a specific topical question that will offer up five choices…fans just need to log onto NBCSportsChicago.com/vote to cast their vote as many times as they choose with the immediate percentages of each choice appearing on their desktop, laptop, or mobile device.
  • “Cubs Talk PODCAST” presented by Wintrust – Featuring Kaplan, DeJesus, Mooney, Andracki, and an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s “Cubs Talk” podcast features in-depth Cubs/NLCS discussion on the hottest topics surrounding the series and much more. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Push Alerts: NBC Sports Chicago will deliver Cubs push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via NBC Sports Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.

In addition to its expanded coverage on Facebook Live, NBC Sports Chicago will offer up even more special coverage on its social media platforms including a multitude of NLCS “Sights & Sounds” moments from Wrigley Field will be provided from ‘NBCSChicago’ via Instagram, Instagram Live and Snapchat, along with live updates, replays, gifs & more on Twitter via @NBCSCubs.

NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago’s surrounding coverage details for NLCS Games 6 & 7 (if nec.) in Los Angeles this weekend, will be announced on Friday, October 20.