Cubs bringing Rizzo up to Chicago


Cubs bringing Rizzo up to Chicago

The future is now for Anthony Rizzo, whos expected to make his highly anticipated debut in a Cubs uniform on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
Rizzo is leaving Triple-A Iowa and headed to Chicago, a major-league source confirmed, after being pulled from Mondays game in Des Moines.
The organizations top prospect was hitting .342 with 23 homers and 62 RBI in 70 games, eye-popping numbers that had fans and the media speculating for months about when he might be promoted.
Look for Rizzo to be playing first base and penciled into the middle of Tuesdays lineup against the New York Mets.
Cubs executives feel Rizzo, 22, is prepared to handle all the hype after struggling last season with the San Diego Padres.
In one way or another, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were involved in drafting Rizzo with the Boston Red Sox, packaging him in the Adrian Gonzalez deal and grabbing him again in the Andrew Cashner trade last winter.
By timing it this way, the Cubs have delayed Rizzos free agency and preserved an extra year of club control. They feel like he will be an offensive force, a potential Gold Glove defender and a strong clubhouse influence for years to come.
Stay with and tune in to Comcast SportsNet for the latest on this developing story.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening


Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”