Report: White Sox Looking to Add Multiple Veteran Pitchers

Report: White Sox Looking to Add Multiple Veteran Pitchers

The Chicago White Sox have already been active in free agency, but according to a report, the team could have even loftier ambitions heading into the 2020 season.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox are looking to add not one, but two veteran starting pitchers in free agency, aiming to bolster their rotation in a big way.

“The (Yasmani) Grandal signing was the first sign that 2020 is an all-in year for the White Sox, and this is another,” Olney said.

If the White Sox decide to pull out the proverbial checkbook, there are plenty of options on the free agent market. The two big names this offseason are Gerrit Cole, who had a fantastic season with the Houston Astros, and Stephen Strasburg, who opted out of his deal with the Washington Nationals after the club won the World Series.

Even if the White Sox choose not to pursue one of those free agents, there are plenty of other options available. Zack Wheeler is reportedly generating plenty of interest, including from the White Sox, and other pitchers could intrigue the team as well, including Wade Miley, Cole Hamels, and Julio Teheran.

San Francisco Giants star Madison Bumgarner is also available on the open market.

So far this offseason, the White Sox have signed free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year contract, and the team also re-signed Jose Abreu to a three-year pact.

Published at Tue, 03 Dec 2019 23:35:58 +0000

Report: Cubs ‘Still Pursuing’ Nicholas Castellanos

Report: Cubs ‘Still Pursuing’ Nicholas Castellanos

The Chicago Cubs have a lot of decisions to make after missing the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, but could a reunion with a fan favorite be in the cards?

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Cubs are “still pursuing” a new contract with free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, and although there are other teams that have reported interest in the outfielder, there appears to still be a chance he could end up back on the North Side.

Castellanos was acquired by the Cubs just before the 2019 trade deadline and his production took off, as he hit .321 with 16 home runs and 36 RBI’s in 51 games with the North Siders.

Even if the Cubs want to spend the money to retain Castellanos, there are several issues that could complicate matters. The first is the defensive alignment of their outfield, as the team would likely prefer to keep Jason Heyward in right field rather than having him play in center, as he would likely do if Castellanos was brought back into the fold.

That could change if the Cubs end up deciding to deal Kyle Schwarber, but it’s unclear at this point whether the team will look to move the outfielder after his strong second half power surge.

The other issue that could make things tough on the Cubs is the potential for a bidding war for Castellanos’ services. Several teams have emerged as potential suitors for the outfielder, including the San Francisco Giants, according to Morosi.

Published at Tue, 03 Dec 2019 22:18:30 +0000

Man dressed as Chicago officer robs currency exchange store

Man dressed as Chicago officer robs currency exchange store

CHICAGO — Authorities say a man dressed as a Chicago police officer robbed a currency exchange after barging into the store and telling an employee he was armed.

Chicago police say the man entered the store Monday night in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood wearing a Chicago Police Department uniform, including a baseball cap, long-sleeve button-up shirt and reflective vest. He was also wearing a surgical mask.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Police say the man approached a 22-year-old woman who worked at the store, implied that he had a gun and announced that it was a robbery.

The woman gave the robber an unknown amount of cash inside a bag, and the man fled.

Police were searching for the robbery suspect.

Published at Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:29:00 +0000

Cubs Non-Tender Addison Russell, Making Him a Free Agent

Cubs Non-Tender Addison Russell, Making Him a Free Agent

Shortstop Addison Russell has been non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The announcement was made Monday just before the MLB deadline for contract decisions for arbitration-eligible players. Russell would have been due to make a contract worth nearly $5 million, according to projections, but will likely not be back with the team after a tumultuous final two seasons with the club.

President of the Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein issued a statement Monday evening saying:

“We decided to non-tender Addison Russell today simply because the role we expected him to play for the 2020 Cubs was inconsistent with how he would have been treated in the salary arbitration process.

Addison Russell Discusses Suspension, Return to Cubs

[CHI] Addison Russell Discusses Suspension, Return to Cubs

In the year since we decided to tender Addison a contract last November, he has lived up to his promise to put in the important self-improvement work necessary off the field and has shown growth as a person, as a partner, as a parent and as a citizen. We hope and believe that Addison’s work and growth will continue, and we have offered our continued support of him and his family, including Melisa.

In the last year, the organization has also put in the important work necessary to bolster our domestic violence prevention training for all employees, all major league players, all minor league players and all staff. We also offered healthy relationship workshops for the players’ partners and provided intensive, expert domestic violence prevention training for player-facing staff. This heightened training and our increased community involvement on the urgent issue of domestic violence prevention will continue indefinitely.

We wish Addison and his family well.”

Addison Russell Responds to Abuse Allegations

[CHI] Addison Russell Responds to Abuse Allegations

Russell was suspended for the first 40 games of the 2019 season amid allegations of domestic violence made by his ex-wife.

After he was activated, Russell struggled at the plate and in the field for the Cubs, and was sent down to Triple-A Iowa in late July. He was brought back to the team in mid-August, hitting nine home runs and driving in 23 RBI’s in 241 plate appearances.

A total of six-arbitration eligible players were tendered 2020 contracts, including outfielders Albert Almora and Kyle Schwarber, catcher Willson Contreras, and infielders Kris Bryant and Javier Báez.

The Cubs also non-tendered pitcher Danny Hultzen, making him a free agent.

Finally, the team agreed to terms with pitcher Jharel Cotton on a contract for the 2020 season, avoiding arbitration.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 36 players after the moves.

Published at Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:10:57 +0000

Parking tax would support building, hit private land

Parking tax would support building, hit private land

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A tax on parking places to help finance Illinois’ $45 billion statewide construction plan has lawmakers taking a second look.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the tax takes effect Jan. 1. It’s 9% on spaces that are rented by the month or year. It’s 6% for spaces rented hourly, daily or weekly.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

It will raise $60 million annually, and is part of more than $800 million in new taxes and fees that will finance state construction.

But proposed rules would make the tax so broad that even those who rent private property for parking – as dozens in Springfield do annually in August during the Illinois State Fair – would pay the tax.

Springfield Republican Rep. Tim Butler suggested reviewing the tax because of difficulty in enforcing it.

Published at Mon, 02 Dec 2019 12:26:00 +0000

Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Olivia Jade Returns to YouTube Amid College Admissions Scandal

Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Olivia Jade Returns to YouTube Amid College Admissions Scandal

As actress Lori Loughlin denies the charges she is facing in the college admissions scandal, her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli has returned to YouTube, uploading her first video on Sunday since she was engulfed in the controversy earlier this year, NBC News reports.

Giannulli, 20, the daughter of Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli, was a successful YouTube star with a slew of brand partnerships and more than one million subscribers before details of “Operation Varsity Blues” were made public in March.

Giannulli was a student at the University of Southern California, and prosecutors say her parents paid $500,000 to fraudulently get Olivia and her sister, Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, admitted to the school. Her parents have both pleaded not guilty to to the charges.

When the scandal broke, Giannulli took a long social media hiatus and at one point deleted her Instagram account. In the video uploaded Sunday and titled “hi again,” Giannulli — who was no longer enrolled at USC as of October — said she is excited to return to vlogging. “Obviously I’ve been gone for a very long time,” she said, adding she was debating for many months when to return and was “terrified” to upload a new video.

Published at Sun, 01 Dec 2019 23:53:16 +0000

Bears Place Shaheen, McManis on IR

Bears Place Shaheen, McManis on IR

The Chicago Bears placed two players on their injured reserve list on Saturday, with defensive back Sherrick McManis and tight end Adam Shaheen now done for the season.

McManis, who plays a key role for the Bears on special teams, suffered a groin injury during the team’s win over the New York Giants in Week 12. He did not play against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, and will miss the team’s final four games of the regular season.

Shaheen has been dealing with leg injuries over the last month, and is now the second Bears tight end to be placed on injured reserve, joining Trey Burton in that group.

The Bears signed a pair of players to the active roster to replace Shaheen and McManis, with tight end Eric Saubert and offensive lineman Corey Levin added to the 53-man squad for Chicago.

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The Bears, currently at 6-6 on the regular season, will look to keep their playoff hopes alive on Thursday night when they welcome the Dallas Cowboys to Soldier Field for a nationally-televised showdown.

Published at Sun, 01 Dec 2019 21:49:58 +0000

Kid Rock Goes on Vulgar Rant Against Oprah — Gets Escorted Off Stage

Kid Rock Goes on Vulgar Rant Against Oprah — Gets Escorted Off Stage

Country rocker and rapper Kid Rock was caught on video lashing out at Oprah Winfrey in a vulgar rant while on stage at his Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse in Nashville, Tennesee, NBC News reports.

“I’m like, Oprah Winfrey or Joy Behar, they can suck d— sideways,” Rock said, according to the video published on TMZ Friday.

“F— Oprah Winfrey and f— Kathie Lee Gifford,” he continued saying as someone in the audience described him as a “blackout drunk.” Rock continuously repeated the same phrases throughout his rant against Winfrey and other women who have hosted talk shows until he suddenly believed he would be accused of being racist based on his on stage remarks.

To those who would say, “‘Well, I’m pretty sure Kid Rock’s a racist,” he said, “I’m, like, ‘Fine. F— off,’ sideways.”

After his outburst against Winfrey, “The View” co-host Joy Behar and TV presenter Kathie Lee Gifford, Rock was reluctantly escorted offstage by the venue’s security team.

Published at Sat, 30 Nov 2019 23:23:01 +0000

Harry Styles – Zane Lowe ‘Fine Line’ Interview

Harry Styles – Zane Lowe ‘Fine Line’ Interview

Harry Styles sits down with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to discuss the release of his upcoming album, ‘Fine Line.’ Pre-add the album on Apple Music: https://apple.co/harrystylesb1

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