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Word on the Street: Bears eyeing Boise State WR

Word on the Street: Bears eyeing Boise State WR

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Bears eyeing Boise State WR

The Bears will apparently be attempting to sure up their receiving corps in next month's NFL draft. According to an "NFL source," the Bears put Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis through a private workout on Tuesday. Pettis is 6'2" and weighs in at 209 lbs, making him bigger than any of the Bears' current wide receivers with the exception of Andy Fantuz.

Last season with the Broncos, Pettis caught 71 passes for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Yang found guilty

A jury has found Marni Yang guilty of the 2007 murder of the pregnant girlfriend of ex-Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle. After an 11-day trial, jurors deliberated for only four hours before returning the guilty verdict.

Of course I have regrets, the fact that Rhoni is not here and we do not have a 3-year-old daughter, Gayle said. At least I feel Rhoni and the baby are at peace. (Chicago Tribune)

Obama fills out bracket

It's that time of year again; March Madness. And at the White house, that means it's time for President Obama to fill out his brackets. This year, Obama picked all four one-seeds to advance to the final four. The rest of his bracket will be revealed wednesday.

In the women's tournament, Obama predicted Baylor, UConn, Stanford, and Tennessee to advance to the final four. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Soccer player beaten into breaking contract?

Nikola Nikezic, a Russian soccer player, claims that he was beaten into breaking his contract with his former team in the Russian Premier League. Nikezic, who played for Kuban Krasnodar, sent a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter detailing the alleged event. He says he was beaten by two armed men over a period of about 20 minutes in an attempt to make him terminate his contract with the club. A team spokesman called the claim "pure idiocy." (USA Today)

Gavin Floyd pitches simulated game

The Chicago White Sox enjoyed an off day on Tuesday; except for Gavin Floyd. Floyd threw an 83-pitch simulated game in front of Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, who said that Floyd had an "outstanding day." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

NHL cracking down on charging, boarding

The NHL, like other professional sports organizations, are looking to crack down on excessive contact in an attempt to prevent concussions. In the second day of meetings between league general managers, the league stated that it would be seeking stricter penalties for charging and boarding calls. However, they stopped short of completely banning all head shots. (NHL.com)

White Sox Talk Podcast: SoxFest at Night!

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Cubs agree to deal with free agent outfielder Steven Souza, per report

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Cubs agree to deal with free agent outfielder Steven Souza, per report

The Cubs have made a roster move.

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Cubs and outfielder Steven Souza have agreed to a one-year, big-league deal. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported Friday the two sides were nearing an agreement.

Souza, 30, missed the 2019 season after suffering a torn left ACL and LCL at the end of spring training. He also missed a chunk of 2018, playing 72 games while hitting the injured list on multiple occasions. The Diamondbacks non-tendered him last month.

Souza is a career .233/.323/.417 hitter with 70 home runs in five seasons. His best campaign came with the Rays in 2017: .239/.351/.459, 30 home runs, 78 RBIs and a 121 wRC+ — all career-bests, excluding his average. He sported a walk rate (13.6 percent) above league average (8.5) that season, though his strikeout rate (29 percent) was worse than average (23).

Signing Souza likely rules out a return of fan favorite outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. The Cubs have been linked to Castellanos throughout the offseason, but since they're looking to stay under MLB’s luxury tax threshold, re-signing Castellanos would require some financial maneuvering.

Souza has spent most of his career in right field (3,608 career innings) but has minimal experience playing center (33 1/3) and left (20). He’s above average in right (career 6 Defensive Runs Saved) and posted a career best 7 DRS in 2017.

The Cubs have a five-time Gold Glove right fielder in Jason Heyward, so Souza will see time at all three outfield spots. Heyward moved to center full-time last season after the Cubs acquired Castellanos and has played center at times throughout his career.

He's coming off a serious knee injury, but Souza is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Cubs. If he's healthy, he’ll add power to the middle of the order and add another bat to an outfield group with some question marks. Albert Almora Jr. and Ian Happ have each struggled offensively at times since 2018. Souza offers another option in case those two slump again, with room for a larger role.