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Cubs call up three from Iowa

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Cubs call up three from Iowa

After three trades involving four players over the last 24 hours, the Cubs made corresponding moves by recalling infielder Adrian Cardenas, catcher Welington Castillo and pitcher Casey Coleman from Triple-A Iowa.
Coleman will start tonight against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.
Cardenas made his major league debut earlier this season, batting .189 in 25 games from May 7 to June 25. He saw time at second base, third base and left field.
Castillo is also in his second stint with the ball club this year. He batted .206 with one home run and four RBIs before landing on the disabled list with a sprained knee from May 22 to June 14.
The 25-year-old Coleman is 0-1 with a 7.32 ERA in 16 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He holds a 2-4 record with a 5.01 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) with Triple-A Iowa this year.
The moves were made after the Cubs dealt Ryan Dempster to the Rangers in exchange for Single-A prospects third baseman Christian Villanueva and pitcher Kyle Hendricks.
Geovany Soto was also traded to Texas for Double-A prospect pitcher Jacob Brigham.
And Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson were traded to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.

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

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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. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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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.”