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Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

“I don’t think it’s something I would want,” Bryant said Friday. “That’s a very long time. (Harper) is going to be 39 (when the contract expires). That’s crazy.”

“Obviously that’s what he wanted, and I’m happy he got what he wanted,” Bryant said. “He deserves it. He’s been one of the brightest stars in the game since he got called up. There’s been a lot of hype and energy surrounding him, and he’s handled it so well. It’s so nice to see him get what he deserves.”

Joe Maddon will host the fifth annual Respect Bald fundraiser at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday at the Cubs’ complex in Mesa, Ariz. This year, a select number of fans can participate by donating $100 to have their heads shaved, alongside Maddon, players, coaches and staffers. Cubs Charities will donate net proceeds to Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation in support of pediatric cancer research and programs. For more info, visit

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