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Bryce Harper continues to troll Chicago at the outset of MLB free agency

Bryce Harper continues to troll Chicago at the outset of MLB free agency

Bryce Harper is at it again.

Just hours before he officially becomes a free agent, the superstar outfielder posted a photo to his Instagram story of him wearing a Bulls hat while posing with his wife with the caption: "We voted. Did you? #earlyvoting"

This isn't the first time we've seen Harper in Bulls gear, of course. Harper has openly admitted he loves trolling baseball fans and Chicago is clearly an easy target given the link between him and hometown friend Kris Bryant and the Cubs' current championship window.

Of course, Harper wearing a Bulls hat on Nov. 2 - the day before free agency officially starts - may mean nothing beyond the fact that he is a Master Troll.

As far as the actual logistics of Harper's free agency tour, the Washington Nationals extended a qualifying offer to Harper Friday and he now has 10 days to decide whether to accept the one-year $17.9 million deal or not. It's a procedural move, as the Nationals would receive draft-pick compensation if Harper were to decline the qualifying offer and choose to sign a megadeal elsewhere.

Harper is still expected to hit the open market, but MASN's Mark Zuckerman reported the Nationals felt they were able to "maximize" an exclusive window of negotiation with the superstar despite no face-to-face meeting over the last month stretching from the end of the 2018 season until Friday's qualifying offer deadline.

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Baseball America names Cubs’ Miguel Amaya as breakthrough catching prospect

Baseball America names Cubs’ Miguel Amaya as breakthrough catching prospect

If and when the 2020 baseball season commences, Cubs prospect Miguel Amaya could be in store for a big performance.

Baseball America named Amaya, one of the Cubs top minor leaguers, as its breakthrough catching prospect for 2020.

The Cubs added Amaya to their 40-man roster last November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The 21-year-old is known as a strong defensive catcher who's only getting better at the plate. Last season, he hit .235/.351/.402 with 11 homers and 57 RBIs in 99 games at advanced-A Myrtle Beach.

Amaya was in big league camp this spring before being optioned to Double-A Tennessee on March 10. The Cubs have one of the best catching duos in baseball in Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini, so we won’t see Amaya in the big leagues until 2021 at the earliest.

That doesn’t mean Amaya can't play in the show right now. Cubs manager David Ross had a strong parting message for Amaya upon his way out of camp.

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Two Cubs employees test positive for COVID-19

Two Cubs employees test positive for COVID-19

Two Cubs employees who attended the same March 8 training session have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team confirmed Sunday.

One is recovering at home; the other hospitalized receiving treatment, the team said.

The seasonal game-day workers informed the team of their conditions in recent days.

“There’s nothing definitive to suggest [the] training may have contributed,” team spokesman Julian Green said, noting nearly three weeks have passed since the annual season staff training session.

But the team has responded “out of an abundance of caution, transparency and responsibility” during this uncertain time, Green added.

The U.S. surgeon general on Friday identified Chicago as a coronavirus “hot spot,” anticipating a wave of new cases.

The Sun-Times first reported the March 23 and 24 positive tests.