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Word on the Street: Francona joins Ozzie-Jenks war

Word on the Street: Francona joins Ozzie-Jenks war

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
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Red Sox manager gets involved in Ozzie-Jenks war

Terry Francona, the manager of the Boston Red Sox--Bobby Jenks' current team, got himself involved in the Jenks-Ozzie Guillen war of words Sunday.

Jenks was recently very outspoken over Ozzie's use of the bullpen during the tail end of the 2010 season when the husky pitcher was a part of the White Sox, and also took a shot at Ozzie's son, Oney, who called Jenks out via Twitter a couple months ago. Never one to shy away from controversial statements, Ozzie responded with comments to Jenks through the media and a war of words was started.

Francona attempted to halt that Sunday.

"That's over," Francona told the Boston Globe. "Spoke to Bobby. Went back and forth with Ozzie, not speaking, but just messages. I'm confident that will be over. I don't care if they like each other. But Bobby's a Red Sox and you need to move on. I think he understands that." (Chicago Tribune)

Danieal Manning rejected Bears contract offer?

The Bears offered Danieal Manning an extension during the season worth 6 million over three years, according to NFL Sources. Manning rejected that offer.

With no salary cap and CBA, Manning is now technically a restricted free agent. Any team that signs Manning would owe the Bears a second-round pick. That could all change once the new CBA and salary cap come to fruition.

Manning was drafted by the Bears in the second round in 2006. In his five-year career with the Bears, Manning has registered 346 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 INT and a return TD. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

How the Oscars are like Rose's MVP run

With the Oscars Sunday night, ProBasketballTalk.com discussed the impact the Academy Awards could have on the NBA MVP race, especially since Chicago's own Derrick Rose is one of the leading candidates for the award.

As Matt Moore writes in the blog, if Rose doesn't win the MVP, he shouldn't be considered a lesser player because of it. (ProBasketballTalk.com)
Does the Seabrook extension hurt the Hawks?

On Sunday, the Blackhawks inked defenseman Brent Seabrook to a five-year extension. According to Joe Yerdon at ProHockeyTalk.com, that move might put the Hawks back in the same salary cap bind that cost them after the Stanley Cup victory last May. (ProHockeyTalk.com)

Are Cubs fans the worst in baseball?

IvyReport.com attempts to answer this question with a resounding "yes." But, not for reasons you might think. The Cubs' futility has led this blogger to realize being a Cubs fan may not be the smartest option. (IvyReport.com)

Bowman losing his voice?

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has reportedly been talking so much regarding potential trade deals before the deadline Monday afternoon that he might be losing his voice.

Im losing my voice here a little. Ive been on the phone all day, he said. ...Theres a lot of talking still but its probably one of those thingswhere the first domino has to fall and then I think itll spur otherthings. If we end up with the group we have now, Im verycomfortable with that. But were aggressively trying to improve theteam. (CSNChicago.com)

White Sox Talk Podcast: Bob Nightengale shares his thoughts on what starting pitcher is right fit for White Sox

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Bob Nightengale shares his thoughts on what starting pitcher is right fit for White Sox

It's Day 2 of the Winter Meetings. USA Today's Bob Nightengale joins Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber.

Nightengale shares his thoughts on what starting pitcher is the right fit (2:00), the message the Grandal signing sends to the rest of the league (6:00), predictions for who the White Sox will sign this week (12:00) and when the Sox window is open (13:30).

Plus, he shares some memories of past Winter Meetings including his favorite cocktail napkin trade and the best late-night stories from past years (16:00).

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Ken Rosenthal: Giants viewed as top-bidder for Nicholas Castellanos

Ken Rosenthal: Giants viewed as top-bidder for Nicholas Castellanos

As the budget-conscious Cubs figure out their 2020 payroll, an NL West team has emerged in the race to sign free agent Nicholas Castellanos.

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal (subcription required), a team interested in Castellanos views the Giants as the top-bidder for the outfielder's services.

The Giants recently named Cubs front office assistant Scott Harris as their general manager, so San Francisco has some ties to Castellanos. The Giants 2020 luxury tax payroll is currently projected to be $186 million (per Roster Resource) so they could sign Castellanos without going over MLB's $208 million threshold.

Castellanos was a stellar addition last season after the Cubs acquired him at the trade deadline. He posted a .321/.356/.646 line with 16 home runs and 21 doubles in 51 games. That performance upped the 27-year-old's value entering free agency.

The Cubs are looking to get under the luxury tax threshold to avoid being penalized a second straight season. Signing Castellanos would complicate this, but the Cubs are still pursuing him, as they could potentially sign him and clear payroll in a corresponding move.

But if it turns into a bidding war, the Cubs may find themselves unable to bring Castellanos back.