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Cubs promote top prospect Baez

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Cubs promote top prospect Baez

The Cubs' top prospect is getting a promotion.

No, it's not Brett Jackson or Josh Vitters, but it may be almost as significant.

Javier Baez, the Cubs' 2011 first-round draft pick, is making the jump from Low-A Peoria to High-A Daytona, as reported by our friend John Arguello over at CubsDen.

Baez, a 19-year-old infielder, was rated by Arguello as the Cubs' top prospect in the latest rankings, and it's hard to argue with that now that Anthony Rizzo is on the big-league club.

The ninth overall pick spent time with the Cubs' rookie league and short-season A ball in Boise last year, but played in just five games. He joined Peoria's squad earlier this season and dominated, posting a .333.383.596 slash line (.979 OPS) with 12 homers, 33 RBI, 41 runs and 20 steals in 23 attempts.

Some question whether the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Baez will be able to stick at shortstop long-term -- especially with Starlin Castro's presence -- and he had some growing pains in the field for the Chiefs, with 15 errors in 52 games.

Baez doesn't turn 20 until December 1 and will be one of the youngest players in High-A ball. If things go well, he may make his big-league debut sooner rather than later.

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.”