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David DeJesus joins CSN Chicago as Cubs analyst

David DeJesus joins CSN Chicago as Cubs analyst

MESA, Ariz. – David DeJesus – one of the first free agents the Theo Epstein regime signed during the Wrigleyville rebuild – will be bringing his unique insight to CSN Chicago as a Cubs analyst.

DeJesus, who helped mentor a young Anthony Rizzo and later played for Joe Maddon’s Tampa Bay Rays, will be part of the pre- and postgame coverage of the defending World Series champs, the network announced Wednesday, and contribute to podcasts and other studio shows.

DeJesus, 37, carved out a 13-year career in the big leagues as a well-rounded player who could get on base, provide plus defense in the outfield and be a positive presence in the clubhouse.

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DeJesus made it through the 101-loss season in 2012 – and won back-to-back Dale Sveum bunt tournaments in spring training – before the Cubs moved him to the Washington Nationals in August 2013. Days later, DeJesus got traded to Tampa Bay and he eventually finished out his playing career with the Los Angeles Angels in 2015.

"I'm thankful to CSN for giving me this opportunity to once again be a part of the best organization in baseball," said DeJesus in a statement. "I loved my time with the Cubs and I am excited to be able to bring my insight to the viewers and enjoy the ride to another championship."

DeJesus replaces Todd Hollandsworth, another ex-Cub who moved up to the broadcast booth with Fox Sports Florida and the Miami Marlins.

Cubs Talk Podcast: What would it take for the Cubs to trade Kris Bryant?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What would it take for the Cubs to trade Kris Bryant?

Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan and Tony Andracki break down the Kris Bryant trade rumors.

01:00 - How much truth is there to the "Will Kris Bryant be traded" story?

04:25 - Is there any package a team could offer that would give the Cubs what they value Bryant at?

05:35 - Who is the most untouchable player on the Cubs roster?

08:55 - Will Bryant be in Chicago long enough to wear a Cubs hat if he makes it to Cooperstown?

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12:00 - Is Nolan Arenado a match in a possible trade for Bryant

16:00 - If MVP is Bryant's ceiling, what is his floor?

17:00 - Any players who had a shoulder issue like Bryant had who never bounced back?

19:00 - Would a Noah Syndergaard for Kris Bryant trade make sense?

20:20 - Could Josh Donaldson be a target for the Cubs?

21:00 - Is all this Bryant talk much ado about nothing

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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Joe Maddon received a first-place vote for NL Manager of the Year

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Joe Maddon received a first-place vote for NL Manager of the Year

Joe Maddon's future beyond 2019 remains unclear, but his 2018 performance was good enough in someone's eyes to warrant a first-place vote in NL Manager of the Year voting.

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker won the award, receiving 17 of the 30 first-place votes in the process. Meanwhile, Maddon also added a third-place vote to finish fifth overall, behind Milwaukee's Craig Counsell, Colorado's Bud Black and St. Louis' Mike Shildt.

Members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote for the award and two representatives from each market vote, adding up to the 30 voters (see the full list of 2018 NL voters here). Jayson Stark tweeted out that it was in fact 670 The Score's Bruce Levine who voted for Maddon with a hometown pick.

A large number of Cubs fans are disappointed that 2018 was the worst postseason run the team has had in the current run of four straight playoff appearances, but that doesn't factor into the voting. Maddon led the Cubs to 95 wins, second best in the league to the Brewers after Milwaukee won the NL Central playoff at Wrigley Field. He did so while Yu Darvish pitched only 40 innings, Kris Bryant was limited to 102 games and had his worst season in the majors and closer Brandon Morrow didn't pitch after July 15.

That is a decent argument to make for Maddon, but expectations have never been higher on the North Side and Theo Epstein saying the Cubs won't renew his contract this offseason isn't the highest vote of confidence.

Maddon's future with the Cubs will be a talking point until he either leaves or gets a new contract, but he has one believer in Chicago.