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Your complete Cubs wrap-up from Tuesday's news

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Your complete Cubs wrap-up from Tuesday's news

So we know today got cray here for you all trying to keep track of everything from the MLB Winter Meetings in Dallas. (For those of you not hip, the word "cray" is short for "crazy." That's how the cool kids abbreviate it now.)

To make things convenient, we've decided at CubsTalk here to aggregate all the content into one big post, like we did yesterday. You know, just 'cause we're nice and cool like that.

Things kicked off fast and furious (too fast! too furious!) as the Cubs allegedly put a bid in for Albert Pujols. A team official later denied, but it was just the way the rumors surrounding Pujols went all day.

Word came out that the Cubs thought more of Prince Fielder than Pujols, which makes total sense and may take the award for the most obvious news nugget of the day.

The Pujols drama raged on all day, with the Marlins bursting to the forefront as the lead candidate to sign the slugger and a mystery team emerged offering 10 years that may or may not have been the Cubs (hint: it probably wasn't).

Everybody was hoping the Pujols drama would end Tuesday night, but it didn't look good as of midnight central time.

Meanwhile, the Fielder news was less dramatic and attention-seeking, but still surrounded the Cubs as they emerged as one of the teams in on the "once in a lifetime" player.

The Cubs' top free agent, Aramis Ramirez is drawing plenty of interest from some major contenders, but the Brewers appeared to be the favorite early in the day. Late in the night, it looked as if Milwaukee may soon be alone atop the A-Ram sweepstakes with the Phillies dropping out and the Angels possibly more focused on Pujols.

The Cubs tried to improve their team with some trade talk, as well. If the Marlins do indeed sign Pujols, it would make first baseman Gaby Sanchez available and the Cubs could be a major player for the 28-year-old.

Chicago's rumored deal for the Rockies' Ian Stewart hit a snag as Colorado asked for top Cubs infield prospect D.J. LeMahieu and left-handed reliever Scott Maine.

Theo's crew also allegedly tried to do a little addition by subtraction in sending Alfonso Soriano on a one-way ticket out of town by trying to talk the Orioles into taking the outfielder. But, Baltimore officials said "no chance" to the deal when they heard about the rumors.

Also, the Cubs may be aiming to improve their pitching staff for 2012, but may have to look no further than their own roster as Carlos Zambrano is not out of the team's picture just yet.

And, in a bit of TMZ-esque news, Theo Epstein closed on a 3.25 million mansion just blocks from Wrigley Field, showing his mad money skills at overpaying as the house was on the market for over 250,000 less.

Tomorrow may be the day the Cubs actually make some moves. Or maybe they could make some overnight, as they signed Carlos Pena at roughly 3 a.m. central time last winter meetings.

Stay tuned.

Cubs first spring training game in 2020 delayed due to inclement weather

Cubs first spring training game in 2020 delayed due to inclement weather

Our first glimpse at the 2020 Cubs will have to wait.

Because of forecasted inclement weather into the afternoon, the Cubs' first spring training game on Sunday will be postponed to later in the day.  This is to let the rain past and prep the field for the tomorrow's opener at Sloan Parka gainst the Oakland Athletics.

The Cubs game will now start at 7:10 CT instead.

And it's not just the game that is affected, the Cubs are encouraging fans to reconsider how they plan on getting to the ballpark.

"With high rain accumulation expected through the day, parking at Sloan Park could be limited," the Cubs said in a statement. "The Chicago Cubs and City of Mesa encourage guests to carpool, take public transportation or utilize ride sharing services."

The good news, no ticket exchange is necessary. So if you get there and the rains pass, you shouldn't have a hard time getting in.

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Anthony Rizzo trolls Astros, makes prediction for post-cheating scandal

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Anthony Rizzo trolls Astros, makes prediction for post-cheating scandal

Anthony Rizzo's got jokes.

Thursday, Rizzo poked fun at the Houston Astros cheating scandal. The Cubs first baseman posted on his Instagram story "I think it's safe to say I won't lead the league in hit by pitches this year..." accompanied by a gif of three trash cans.

*Eyes emoji*

The Astros used a camera during their 2017 championship season to steal opposing teams' signs. Houston would relay those signs to their dugout, and someone would bang a trash can to signal to Astros hitters the exact pitch coming their way.

The scandal has players fuming league-wide, with more damning information advancing the story seemingly by the day. Now, there's an overwhelming feeling opponents will retaliate by intentionally plunking Astros hitters this season.

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is warning all 30 teams consequences will come from any intentional beanballs. This could turn problematic fast, as umpires may overreact to any hit-by-pitch. Pitchers have the right to throw inside, and sometimes, a pitch just runs in too tight.

Rizzo is all too familiar with this, hence the bigger punchline to his post. The 30-year-old has been hit 145 times in his nine-year MLB career — second among all active players (Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo holds a slight 'advantage' at 150, albeit with six more seasons on his résumé). 

Rizzo notoriously stands on top of the plate, hence why he's plunked so frequently. If an Astro is hit more than him in 2020, one will rightfully make the connection to Houston's scandal.

In the meantime, we're here for Rizzo trolling, and he won't be the last player to do so at the Astros' expense.