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Former Red Sox teammate Mike Napoli to join David Ross’ Cubs coaching staff

Mike Napoli, a former All-Star player who retired in 2018, will be the Cubs’ quality assurance coach in 2020.

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Will Kris Bryant still be a Cub in 2020? It’s complicated

The Cubs’ No. 2 overall draft pick in 2013 and NL MVP in 2016 is poised for another round of extension talks this winter for a team in the midst of an organizational overhaul that included hiring new scouting director Dan Kantrovitz — the former Cardinals’ scouting director.

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Why Cubs could be among winter’s biggest influencers in baseball’s trade, free agent markets

"You’re dealing with arguably one of the more creative, dynamic front offices that ever existed," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said.

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Can Cubs turn a free agent bust into low-risk bullpen answer with Brandon Morrow in 2020?

The once-dominant reliever appears healthy again and plans to pitch again in 2020 after missing the last year and a half with elbow problems — with the Cubs first in line for a minor-league deal.

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Cubs fans should grab their popcorn for the winter trade watch — with ‘a mouthful of salt’

The front office saw this moment of big changes coming, but not even Theo Epstein knows what players he can or will be willing to trade this winter, he said Monday.

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Cubs assistant GM Scott ‘Doogie’ Harris hired by Giants

Harris, 32, is the new general manager in San Francisco after spending the last seven seasons in the Cubs’ front office.

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Focus shifts to roster as Cubs’ winter of change continues at GM meetings in Arizona

Trades are expected to be the Cubs’ primary means of roster-building as they focus on extending their competitive window beyond the next two years.

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Cubs to hire former Padres manager Andy Green to replace Mark Loretta as bench coach

The Cubs sought a bench coach with managerial experience to help first-year manager David Ross transition into his new role.

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Lester Strode out as bullpen coach as Cubs’ shakeup continues after missing playoffs

Strode, who has been in the organization three decades and on the big-league staff the last 13 years, was offered a job on the minor-league side.

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Shades of ’69: Black cat scampers on field at Cowboys-Giants game

The scene probably provided flashbacks for Cubs fans.

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Cubs decline option on Brandon Morrow, ending injury-plagued stint with club

Morrow, 35, became a free agent bust when elbow problems prevented the closer from pitching after the 2018 All-Star break.

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Cubs pick up Anthony Rizzo’s 2020 option

First baseman wins third NL Gold Glove

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Cubs pick up Jose Quintana’s 2020 option, decline Derek Holland’s; Anthony Rizzo’s option up next

Starters Jose Quintana, Jon Lester, Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks are under contract next year for a total of $64.5 million.

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Ken Harrelson and Pat Hughes named Frick Award finalists

Former voice of White Sox, current voice of Cubs are among eight finalists for Hall of Fame honor.

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Chicago, ‘L’-inois? It’s been awhile since our last NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB playoff ‘W’

Before 2018 and 2019, the last calendar year to pass without a postseason victory by the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs or White Sox was 2004. Now we’re in a consecutive-years drought for the first time since the Great Chicago Mire of 1999 through 2001.

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Cubs’ David Ross — a transformational manager? — aiming for ‘multiple championships’

The mere fate of one of Major League Baseball’s blue-blood franchises now hinges on a first-time manager’s reputed next-level people skills.

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New Cubs manager David Ross says days of Grandpa Rossy are over, but only time will tell

Ross, team president Theo Epstein and others have tried to fight the perception that the 42-year-old will be a buddy to the players, some of whom were his former teammates.

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New Cubs manager David Ross hasn’t made any decisions regarding his coaching staff

But team president Theo Epstein hinted Ross will make at least one adjustment, which might mean replacing bench coach Mark Loretta with a well-versed veteran.

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Cubs introduce new manager David Ross

Former Cubs catcher David Ross was introduced as the team’s 55th manager on Monday.

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If Cubs’ David Ross conquers these 5 challenges, he’ll manage just fine

As a player, Ross was greater than the sum of his parts and helped make the Cubs greater than the sum of their parts. President Theo Epstein stresses the need for the team — in 2020 and beyond — to be what Ross the player embodied. Does he embody it still?

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How David Ross went from thinking baseball was ‘boring’ to being Cubs manager

When the Red Sox signed David Ross as a backup catcher in 2008, it didn’t take long for Theo Epstein to recognize the new Cubs manager as someone he’d want to hire someday.

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Joe Maddon says halo to Anaheim

New L.A. Angels manager introduced, says David Ross is a great choice as his successor with Cubs.

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From buddy to boss? It’s the big ol’ ‘but’ that comes with Cubs’ hiring of David Ross

Even in their brief statements released to the media — which typically are handled with sunshine, rainbows and praise — both Theo Epstein and Ross clearly felt there was an elephant in the room that needed to be addressed.

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David Ross agrees to 3-year contract, officially becomes the Cubs’ manager

David Ross, 42, will be the team’s youngest manager since Jim Riggleman was hired a couple of weeks before his 42nd birthday in 1994.

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David Ross will be Cubs’ next manager

Ross, the former Cubs catcher, could be named to the post as soon as Thursday, the first World Series off day. Other candidates have been informed of the decision.

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First step for new Cubs manager David Ross is proving he’s not like cuddly Joe Maddon. Good luck with that.

I expect Ross to show up at his first news conference with purpose in his stride and a serious look on his face. I also expect Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber to host a shower for him.

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As clock ticks, Joe Espada’s candidacy for Cubs’ manager job seemingly gets stronger

If the list of candidates truly is down to two — Espada and early presumed favorite David Ross — then there isn’t much mystery about which one fans prefer. It’s Espada, who was running at about 70 percent to Ross’ 30 percent, as a Twitter poll conducted Tuesday passed the 1,800-vote mark.

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Long wait is over for former Cubs pitcher Joe Smith at World Series

Smith has waited 13 seasons for the opportunity to pitch this late in October. He was left off the postseason roster three years ago by the Cubs, the only other team he has been with that made it to the World Series.

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Cubs’ Javy Baez is featured on cover of baseball videogame

The team and Sony PlayStation revealed the game’s cover art Monday morning.

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Back again so soon? Cubs bring in Astros bench coach Joe Espada for second interview

Does this make Espada, who first interviewed last Monday, at least a co-favorite, along with David Ross, for the job?

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Would Cubs have won World Series without Joe Maddon? ‘We’ll never know,’ Angels’ new skipper says

"I want to believe I had something to contribute to it," says Maddon, who talked with the Sun-Times about his new gig in an old haunt, why he succeeded in the pressure-cooker Cubs job where others failed and why he "loves" the idea of David Ross replacing him as the Cubs’ manager.

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Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network reaches deal with AT&T

AT&T’s DirecTV, Uverse and AT&T TV will carry the channel when it launches in February.