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Cubs bring back Reed Johnson

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Cubs bring back Reed Johnson

This wont cause any huge ripple effects throughout the industry, but it will still be popular in the bleachers and within the clubhouse.

Keeping in line with Theo Epsteins quiet, methodical offseason, the Cubs made another incremental move on Tuesday, officially bringing back Reed Johnson on a one-year, 1.15 million deal.

When healthy not always a given because of his all-out style of play Johnson is an ideal extra outfielder.

Johnson was forced to take a minor-league deal last winter and made the team out of spring training. He wound up hitting .309 and appearing in 111 games for the Cubs last season. He finished with 22 doubles, five homers, 33 runs scored and 28 RBI.

Johnson also remembers what it was like in 2008, when he was a piece to a Cubs team that won 97 games and turned every day at Clark and Addison into a block party.

The 35-year-old brings a veteran presence to the room and could help mentor 2009 first-round pick Brett Jackson, who might be roaming the Wrigley Field outfield as soon as this summer.

For an organization trying to improve clubhouse culture and develop young players, Johnson is a fit.

Cubs reportedly agree to deal with reliever Jeremy Jeffress

Cubs reportedly agree to deal with reliever Jeremy Jeffress

The Cubs bullpen is undergoing an overhaul with Steve Cishek and Brandon Kintzler already heading to other teams and perhaps more changes coming.

One incoming change is apparently Jeremy Jeffress. According to reports, the Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal with the 32-year-old reliever.


Jeffress was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round back in 2006 and has had three stints with the team since. He made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 2010, but left the team the following offseason as part of the Zack Greinke trade with the Kansas City Royals.

Years later, he re-signed with the Brewers in 2014. The Brewers then dealt him to the Texas Rangers in the middle of the 2016 season, only to re-acquire him from Texas the following trade deadline.

In his most recent stint with the Brewers, Jeffress was streaky. He was an all-star in 2018 (1.29 ERA, 89 strikeouts, 27 walks in 76 2/3 innings), but had an ERA north of five in 2019. That 2018 season was the best of his career in many ways so the Cubs will be hoping to recreate some of that magic as opposed to his lackluster 2019.

Either way, the right-hander gives the Cubs a much-needed veteran presence in the bullpen after the losses of Cishek, Kintzler and possibly Pedro Strop, who is still a free agent.

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Former Cubs manager Dusty Baker reportedly to take Houston Astros job

Former Cubs manager Dusty Baker reportedly to take Houston Astros job

The Houston Astros are going through one of the more unusual offseasons in recent baseball history, but they reportedly have a man picked out to the guide team out of it.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Astros have pegged Dusty Baker to be the team’s next manager. Baker takes over after A.J. Hinch was unceremoniously fired following details of the sign-stealing investigation came out.

Baker, 70, was the Cubs manager from 2003-2006. He guided the North Siders to the 2003 NLCS before the team’s infamous collapse to the Marlins in that series.

Baker last managed the Washington Nationals in 2016 and 2017. The Nationals won the NL East both years, but were bounced out in the NLDS each postseason.

In the Astros, Baker takes over a team that has won more than 100 games each of the past three seasons, including winning the 2017 World Series and making it to the 2019 World Series. 

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