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ICYMI: Bears free agency storylines; Bulls will be cautious with Chandler Hutchison; White Sox spring training surprise

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ICYMI: Bears free agency storylines; Bulls will be cautious with Chandler Hutchison; White Sox spring training surprise

The Bears lack cap space, but they still have plenty of important storylines to follow this week, the Bulls will be cautious with injured rookie Chandler Hutchison and Danny Mendick is one of the White Sox biggest free agent surprises. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Bears

While the Bears might lack cap space, there are still several important storylines to follow this week as NFL free agency opens. How likely are the Bears' chances of signing some of the top free agents?

robust market is reportedly forming for free agent safety Adrian Amos. Also, the Bears and Packers are both reportedly interested in free agent running back Mark Ingram.

Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long had a golden response to being called the team's most overpaid player.

Bulls

The Bulls are going to be cautious in rookie forward Chandler Hutchison's return to the floor from a broken toe.

Although the Bulls lost two games against the Pistons this weekend, head coach Jim Boylen said Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen are developing "into who we hoped they could be."

White Sox

Who's the biggest surprise in White Sox spring training? How about Danny Mendick, the team's 22nd round pick in 2015.

Despite the fact that he is one of the White Sox top prospects, Luis Robert's education is still ongoing and far from complete.

Nicky Delmonico was diagnosed with a concussion after crashing into an outfield wall on Thursday. 

In other news, White Sox relievers Ryan Burr and Ian Hamilton recreated the notorious Burr-Hamilton duel.

Other

The Blackhawks have no plans to change their power play units despite a quiet stretch in that department. 

New Cubs reliever George Kontos is happy that the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, but he didn't want them to.

19 questions for the Cubs in 2019: who will be the team's leadoff hitter? And is there any hope for Tyler Chatwood, Brian Duensing and Brandon Kintzler?

ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

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ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

Eloy Jimenez looks set to make his White Sox return this week, Javier Báez exited Sunday's game with a minor injury and is it time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft? Here's what you may have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

White Sox

All indications point towards Eloy Jimenez returning to the White Sox this week, as the rookie outfielder was not in Triple-A Charlotte's lineup on Sunday. Jimenez's return comes just in time, as the White Sox play two of the best teams in baseball this week.

Manny Banuelos went on the injured list last week, though his stay on the shelf might be brief. Who starts in Banuelos' place on Monday is still uncertain.

The White Sox aren't getting what they expected from Ivan Nova so far, but Lucas Giolito has been tremendous. Giolito spun another good start on Saturday; what's behind his resurgence?

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss James McCann's breakout season.

Cubs

Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals with a right heel contusion, though he could be back in the lineup on Monday.

Jon Lester's hot streak came to an end on Saturday, though the bigger story from the game is the Cubs questioning if Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle's delivery is legal.

The Cubs put on a home run derby vs. the Nationals on Friday. The team also used the same 1-5 hitters all weekend; here's why the group is worth sticking with for the foreseeable future.

Former Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano made his return to the mound over the weekend with the independent Chicago Dogs.

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and NBC Sports Chicago producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen breakdown Monday's matchup between Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Mark Schanowski wonders if it's time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft.

Mark Strotman breaks down potential options for the Bulls at No. 7 in Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver and Duke's Cam Reddish.

In the latest Blackhawks mailbag, Charlie Roumeliotis discusses Blackhawks trade probabilities and playoff chances in 2019-20.

ICYMI: Cubs continue winning ways; Eloy Jimenez making strides in injury recovery; potential Blackhawks offseason targets

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ICYMI: Cubs continue winning ways; Eloy Jimenez making strides in injury recovery; potential Blackhawks offseason targets

The Cubs won two of three games against the Brewers, Eloy Jimenez took a positive step in his recovery from a high ankle sprain and who might the Blackhawks target this offseason? Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Cubs

The Cubs continued their winning ways, taking two of three games from the Brewers. Saturday's game took 15 innings to complete, highlighted by Willson Contreras' walk-off home run and Tyler Chatwood's performance out of the bullpen. The unsung hero of the game, though? David Bote.

Wrigley Field is still a special place for former Cubs coach and current Brewers hitting coach Andy Haines. Plus, are the Brewers better at shifting against the Cubs than other teams are?

Over the weekend, Daniel Descalso returned to the starting lineup and Xavier Cedeño made his Cubs debut. Here's how Cedeño's addition affects the Cubs bullpen. In other bullpen news, Carl Edwards Jr. seems to be a late-inning option for Joe Maddon again.

Friday, Jose Quintana pitched another solid game despite getting little support from the Cubs' offense. Before the game, though Addison Russell walked back his comments about how Cubs fans will/are reacting to his return to the team.

White Sox

Across town, Eloy Jimenez took a big step in his recovery from a high right ankle sprain. Jimenez went through baserunning drills during pregame on Friday and Saturday.

Tim Anderson and Randal Grichuk met on the field for the first time since their Twitter beef regarding bat flipping. Both players hit home runs, ironically.

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Frank Thomas and Bill Melton share real life stories about baseball, from on the field experiences to off of it.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks beat writer Charlie Roumeliotis answers fan questions in the latest Blackhawks mailbag.

Fans should root for the Bulls to land the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, says Bulls Outsider Dave Watson. Watson and fellow Outsiders Matt Peck and John Sabine joined Mark Schanowski on the latest Bulls Talk Podcast.

One participant from the Bears' rookie minicamp kicking competition detailed what the experience was like.