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Are the Cubs really "front-runners" for Fielder?

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Are the Cubs really "front-runners" for Fielder?

Another day, another rumor surrounding the Cubs and Prince Fielder.

This time, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports believes Fielder is the Cubs' "player to lose."

Rosenthal calls the Cubs front-runners for the big first baseman, but also admits nobody should be scheduling a news conference anytime soon.

According to the national baseball writer, the Rangers and Marlins are out on the bidding for Fielder and it appears to be the Cubs against the Mariners. If that is the case, some think Chicago will emerge as the winners from that.

The Cubs still do not want to give Fielder a 10-year deal and nobody -- including Rosenthal -- is reporting anything different.

However, at the same time, new Cubs manager Dale Sveum says this may just be a lot of talk right now:

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Patrick Mooney Dale Sveum says he hasn't reached out to Prince Fielder.
Dec 16 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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Patrick Mooney Sveum on Prince and Cubs: "At this point I think it's a lot of media talking more than us doing anything. We haven't had any talks."
Dec 16 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

So more conflicting reports. Though at this point, that should come as no surprise to anybody.

Rosenthal and other national writers do not have the same pulse on the Cubs beat writers like Mooney have here in Chicago.

No idea how this will end up, but again, there will always be rumors tied in with the Cubs and Fielder until the slugger signs a contract.

Cubs-Cardinals games in London officially canceled

Cubs-Cardinals games in London officially canceled

The Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals were set to play in London this June, but the COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainty about the 2020 baseball season and schedule forced those games to be canceled.

The news had been reported by The Sun on March 26, and was practically a foregone conclusion anyway, but MLB made it official on Wednesday.


Information is thin here, but there are some subtleties worth pointing out. First, there are no details on if it will be rescheduled. There are too many uncertainties about baseball’s 2020 schedule and the availability of London Stadium going forward. England’s sports are also on hold and it’s not known when West Ham, the soccer team that plays at London Stadium, might need the stadium in the next couple years with the Premier League schedule also in flux for the foreseeable future.

Also, the wording in MLB’s announcement is canceled and not postponed. That doesn’t make it seem like there are plans to reschedule this. Even if they want to reschedule more games in London, it is a difficult time to plan a big event in a foreign country.

The games were originally scheduled for June 13 and 14. Last year, the Red Sox and Yankees played in London and the contract called for two years of games in London.

Cubs Sweet 16 bracket challenge: Ranking top position players since 2000

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Cubs Sweet 16 bracket challenge: Ranking top position players since 2000

In the spirit of the NCAA tournament — canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic — NBC Sports Chicago hosted a March Madness themed tournament on the latest Cubs Talk Podcast.

Jeff Nelson, Nate Poppen and Tim Stebbins rank the top 16 Cubs position players of the 2000s, running through a four-round bracket to determine who’s No. 1. Here’s how the players lined up:

(1) Anthony Rizzo vs. (16) Kosuke Fukudome

(8) Willson Contreras vs. (9) Dexter Fowler 

(5) Alfonso Soriano vs. (12) Sammy Sosa

(4) Aramis Ramirez vs. (13) Mark DeRosa

(6) Derrek Lee vs. (11) Moises Alou

(3) Kris Bryant vs. (14) Jason Heyward

(7) Starlin Castro vs. (10) Ben Zobrist

(2) Javier Báez vs. (15) Geovany Soto

A look at the round-by-round results, with voting scores.

Sweet 16

-Rizzo over Fukudome, 3-0

-Contreras over Fowler, 2-1

-Sosa over Soriano, 3-0

-Ramirez over DeRosa, 3-0

-Bryant over Heyward, 3-0

-Lee over Alou, 3-0

-Zobrist over Castro, 2-1

-Báez over Soto, 3-0

Elite Eight

-Rizzo over Contreras, 3-0

-Sosa over Ramirez, 3-0

-Bryant over Lee, 3-0

-Báez over Zobrist, 3-0

Final Four

Rizzo over Sosa, 3-0

Bryant over Báez, 3-0

Championship

Rizzo over Bryant, 3-0

What do you think? Listen here or below for rationale and added context behind our selections.

Cubs Talk Podcast

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