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Peavy up for AL's Final Vote

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Peavy up for AL's Final Vote

NEW YORK --- Jake Peavy needs your help.

The White Sox starting pitcher was left off the American League roster when All-Star selections were announced on Sunday but is still eligible to make the team through the Final Vote contest.

Peavy is up against Texas Yu Darvish, Kansas Citys Jonathan Broxton, Baltimores Jason Hammel and the Los Angeles Angels Ernesto Frieri for the 34th and final spot on the AL roster.

Fans can vote online for Peavy now until 3 p.m. Thursday (CST) at MLB.comvote or WhiteSox.com.

Peavy is the 10th White Sox player to be eligible for the contest since it began in 2002.

He is among the top six in the AL in compete games (four), innings pitched (112 2 3), batting average against (.215), strikeouts (101) and earned-run average (2.96)

A two-time National League All-Star, Peavy, 6-5 in 16 starts this season, hasnt participated in an All-Star Game since he pitched a scoreless inning in 2007.

The White Sox have already begun a TakeJake campaign. Fans can also text A5 to 89269 to vote for Peavy.

Last season, Paul Konerko made the roster when he won the Final Vote contest. A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Scott Podsednik (2005) were also previously voted into the All-Star Game.

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.”