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Word on the Street: Mankins likely staying put

Word on the Street: Mankins likely staying put

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
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Mankins likely not Chicago-boundThe NFL has announced it will allow teams to begin using the franchise tag option on Feb. 10, despite the fact that it may or may not be part of the next collective bargaining agreement.
While this does not directly impact the Bears, indirectly it could be very meaningful. The New England Patriots are expected to place the franchise tag on Loan Mankins, the lineman that Bears fans have been clamoring over, meaning the Bears will not have the opportunity to negotiate with him. (ChicagoBreakingSports)Dye to retire?

Jermaine Dye may be on his way to retirement. The former south-sider sat out last season rather than accept a minor league contract and then, earlier this year, announced publicly his desire to return. However, he has yet to receive a major-league contract offer.
I would still like to play, but I think my choices have passed and teams have gone with other people, Dye said Wednesday.I will continue to stay in shape and hopefully someone will call. If nothing gets done by the end of the spring, I may call it a career. (Fox Sports)Redskins owner sues newspaperWashington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sued the Washington City Paper and Atalaya Capital LP, the companies parent company, over a column that he claims defamed him and had anti-Semitic references.
The lawsuit revolves around a cover story entitled "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder" which included an altered photo of Snyder with horns and a beard. (ChicagoBreakingSports)Cutler received painkiller shot at halftimeNearly two weeks after the NFC Championship game, this story still has legs. Reports are now surfacing that Cutler, who has been accused of not trying hard enough to return from his injury, insisted on receiving a painkiller injection and trying to return to the game. (Chicago Sun Times)Fire sign PuerariOn Thursday the Chicago Fire signed Uruguayan forward Gaston Puerari. Puerari, 24, is the 10th new player to join the squad since the 2010 season ended.
"Gaston is a talented offensive player with the ability to make an impact for our club," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said. "We are excited to bring in a player with quick feet, good passing skills and the ability to finish on goal." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

MLB, MLBPA, and Sony Interactive announce multi-year extension of partnership

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MLB, MLBPA, and Sony Interactive announce multi-year extension of partnership

On Monday it was officially announced in a joint statement that the MLB, MLBPA, San Diego Studio, and Sony Interactive had agreed to a multi-year extension on their partnership to create the popular, officially licensed MLB video game, MLB The Show.

This year's upcoming edition of MLB The Show, MLB The Show 20, features Cubs superstar shortstop on the cover. The award-winning game will be entering a pivotal year as MLB The Show 20 will be the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Among the other big announcements from Sony Interactive was that the Sony exclusive title will be making its way to other console platforms soon, as early as 2021. 

The Baez-led MLB The Show 20 will feature a variety of specific gameplay features and promotions to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the beloved MLB video game franchise. 

Potential Cubs target Shogo Akiyama is reportedly in the U.S. during the winter meetings

Potential Cubs target Shogo Akiyama is reportedly in the U.S. during the winter meetings

The Cubs could use a leadoff hitter and a center fielder. One player who can fill both of those holes is available is looking to sign soon.

Japanese center fielder Shogo Akiyama is in the U.S. with his agent, according to Sports Nippon, while the winter meetings take place in San Diego.

Akiyama is a center field option when center field options are limited this offseason. Brett Gardner is a free agent, but the 36-year-old wouldn’t be easy to pry away from his only professional organization.

Akiyama is 31 and saw a dropoff in his numbers in Japan last season, but still had a .392 on-base percentage with 20 home runs in 143 games.

Albert Almora’s struggles last season left the Cubs with uncertainty in center going forward. That saw Jason Heyward spending some time in center with Kyle Schwarber and Nicholas Castellanos on the corners. That’s not a pretty defensive outfield. Meanwhile, Akiyama has two Golden Glove awards in Japan.

He would also bring on-base skills and speed to a Cubs lineup that has resorted to having power hitter Anthony Rizzo play leadoff at times.

Akiyama would also likely not be an expensive option, which is key for a Cubs team reportedly looking to get under the luxury tax this offseason.

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