Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have preached a need for starting pitching ever since their first day on the job in Chicago.
They didn't view this past offseason as a time to go all-in on a big free agent and lock up one player with a megadeal. But that could change in just a few months.
If so, Cole Hamels may be on their radar.
With Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee now on the Phillies, Hamels kind of gets lost in the shadows sometimes. But the lefty has been putting up ace-worthy numbers since his debut with the Phillies and doesn't turn 29 until late December.
He is set to become a free agent after the 2012 season and extension talks with the Phillies have reportedly soured recently.
Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times discusses whether Theo and Hoyer would go after Hamels, and how the lefty feels about the possibility of playing in Chicago.
The Cubs would be a team I would be more than happy to consider just because of the fact the city hasnt won, theyre a baseball town, like Philly and I think seeing Theo there, obviously trying to build a team, that shows they do want to win, which obviously excites anyone," he told Wittenmyer.
Hamels has a stellar 3.38 career ERA and 1.14 WHIP and has struck out almost a batter an inning over his seven years. Imagine what those numbers would look like at the top of a Cubs rotation that also features Matt Garza.
Obviously there is a lot of speculation here, but Hamels is exactly the kind of guy Theo and Hoyer are targeting to help turn things around.
The White Sox signing Yasmani Grandal broke suddenly and unexpectedly.
It wasn’t a big surprise that the White Sox would go after him, but the timing and the fact that the White Sox broke the news on their own (a la the Jose Quintana trade) caught people off guard.
Once the dust settled, the White Sox were in the national spotlight as far as the baseball world was concerned.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan got Ken Williams on the record before the White Sox had conference calls on the signing. Williams makes it sound like it’s go-time for the South Siders.
Passan also gave a look at a potential White Sox lineup for 2020 once prospects Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal eventually join. We also made our own.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark was impressed with how early the signing was. White Sox fans will enjoy that after going through the long, drawn out Manny Machado/Bryce Harper sagas last offseason.
Here are some Grandal stats that should get White Sox fans fired up about his addition (if they weren’t already).
Finally, is it time to talk playoffs? Long way to go, but the White Sox offseason is off to a notable start.
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The Bears are throwing it back to the past this weekend at Soldier Field.
The Bears will rock 1960s throwback helmets Sunday when they take on the New York Giants. The helmet is navy blue and features a white "C" logo and gray facemask, whereas the current helmet has an orange "C" and white facemask.
A look at the throwback lid:
The Bears donned those helmets from 1962-72 during the playing days of Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, now Hall of Famers. They won the 1963 NFL Championship along the way.
“I think a lot of Bears fans remember the ‘60s, especially the ’63 championship team winning at Wrigley against the Giants with those ‘Cs’ on our helmet,” Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said. “And of course Butkus and Sayers and all the great memories they provided. That small change I think means a lot to people.”
As 2019 is the Bears' 100th season as a franchise, they've been honoring a different decade at each home game. The Bears have also installed seven-foot tall bobbleheads around Chicago each week featuring players from that week's celebratory decade.
Unsurprisingly, this week's game will celebrate the 1960s, with Butkus and Sayers represented in life-size bobblehead form:
The Bears will give out bobbleheads of Butkus and Sayers to the first 20,000 fans who arrive at Sunday's game.
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