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Cubs odds of signing Bryce Harper have improved

Cubs odds of signing Bryce Harper have improved

Cubs fans could really use some good news right about now. After their team fumbled away the NL Central division in the final month of the season and failed to score more than one run in a 13-inning loss to the Rockies in the NL Wild Card Game, it's been hard to find a silver lining on the North Side. 

Well, this might help cheer some people up. 

That's right, the Cubs are heavy favorites to sign the 25-year-old superstar, after the dismal display the Cubs put forth in Game 163 and the Wild Card Game, Harper would be a welcome addition. Now, there were some fans who were on the fence about the Cubs adding Harper to this club, but after suffering through this final month of baseball most fans would agree the Cubs need another bat. 

Having odds that high is great, but they really don't mean anything until negotiations truly start between the Cubs and Harper. Theo Epstein made it clear he never wants to be in this situation again, signing Bryce Harper would be a massive step towards avoiding another early playoff exit.

Cubs Talk Podcast Ep. 237: It's so good to be with the Director of Morale

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Cubs Talk Podcast Ep. 237: It's so good to be with the Director of Morale

Luke Stuckmeyer and producer Eric Strobel welcome Frederic, aka the Cubs' unofficial Director of Morale. Fred takes us through the origins and growth of his fandom and social media persona (1:30), before discussing how Jake Arrieta's dominance announced the Cubs as contenders (7:30) and the now-ubiquitous hard hats in the bleachers (16:00). Finally, Fred and the guys talk about this year's team, including the lack of strikeout stuff on the pitching staff (22:30) and the unicorn that is Javy Baez (30:00). 

You can listen to the entire thing right here or in the embedded player below:

Cubs map out next steps for closer Craig Kimbrel

Cubs map out next steps for closer Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel is one step closer to joining the Cubs bullpen.

According to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic, Kimbrel will join Triple-A Iowa and make his first appearance on Tuesday, against the Sacramento River Cats.

While the Cubs officially signed him on June 7, Kimbrel has yet to pitch in actual games. The 31-year-old has been in a condensed spring training program at the Cubs' Arizona complex, throwing live batting practice on both Thursday and Saturday.

The Cubs haven't revealed an official timeline for Kimbrel to join the 25-man roster, as they are basing things off of how he feels. The expectation is he will pitch in about five games with Iowa before joining the Cubs. However, both Theo Epstein and Kimbrel acknowledged how the goal isn't to rush the closer back into MLB action.

"We're not gonna rush it," Epstein said. "It's gonna be tempting to get him here as soon as possible, but we're trying to plan this thing the right way so that he could be in a position to succeed not just immediately but in October. That's gonna be our guiding principle as we go."

"We sat down and put a gameplan together — something to work off of," Kimbrel said. "But at the end of the day, it's based off how I recover, how I get ready. This isn't about getting back on the field as fast as I can. This is about being the best that I can be in October and down the stretch and doing what I came here to do for this team."

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