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New CBA could make for a Cespedes free-for-all

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New CBA could make for a Cespedes free-for-all

The new collective bargaining agreement has been a topic of discussion this offseason, especially when it comes to how the Chicago teams will be able to spend on player development in the future.

The new CBA has a cap on spending in the amateur draft and international signings, making Yoenis Cespedes, Jorge Soler and Geraldo Concepcion the final haul of players teams can spend freely on.

Because of that, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn believes the bidding war for these three could become a free-for-all.

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White Sox TalkHahn expects teams to be extraordinarily aggressive on Cespedes, Soler and Concepcion bc international spending is capped in July. SoxFest
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If it comes down to that, will the Sox or Cubs have the money necessary to corral one of these three international stars?

Neither team spent big in free agency and they are both held down by albatross contracts, especially in the outfield.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: