It's getting gusty in baseball these days.
The trade winds are starting to blow ferociously throughout the league. Johnny Cueto, Troy Tulowitzki and Jonathan Papelbon are some of the biggest names that have been dealt already and more are surely to come.
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Don't get too excited, Bulls fans, but Derrick Rose is playing basketball in Chicago in a Bulls facility.
The former NBA MVP was spotted training at the Advocate Center, the Bulls' practice facility in Chicago.
Rose just finished a partial season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (a.k.a. the TimberBulls), playing under former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and seemed to regain some of his former glory by averaging 14.2 points per game in five playoff games off the bench. He is now an unrestricted free agent.
Could this mean he is going to return to Chicago for another stint with the Bulls? Probably not.
Rose is, of course, a native Chicagoan and the Advocate Center opened in time for Rose's last two years with the Bulls. Both the city and the facility are familiar to Rose, which makes it an ideal place to train in the offseason. That surely won't stop hardcore Rose fans in Chicago from wishing it into an omen.
The Cubs and Marlins delivered a benches clearing incident Tuesday night at Wrigley Field but instead of tempers boiling over, a ticklefight ensued a few feet from home plate.
Lewis Brinson lined a hard single to right field off Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny in the fourth inning. Ben Zobrist came up firing with an absolute beauty of a throw to home plate to nab Derek Dietrich trying to score:
Some things to focus on:
First off, what a throw from a guy that's about to turn 37 later this month and has played a lot more second base than outfield since joining the Cubs.
Secondly, it was interesting and amusing to see the bullpen doors open and both teams come sprinting out from under the bleachers to join the foray. A couple years ago, a benches clearing incident would've just resulted in each team's bullpen coming from a couple hundred feet down the foul line.
Willson Contreras was MOVING out of the Cubs dugout, looking like he was ready to hand out some serious punishment to protect his fellow catcher.
But instead of an actual fist fight, however, we got some comedy gold, like Bryzzo teaming up to play-fight with former teammate Starlin Castro.
First there was Kris Bryant tickling Castro:
Shortly after that moment, Anthony Rizzo jokingly pushed Castro from behind and the two players laughed it off:
Javy Baez loved it all:
Nobody was ejected and the coaches and umpires were able to quickly gain control of the situation, which couldn't have been that difficult when opposing players are out there tickling each other and laughing.