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Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs avoid arbitration by agreeing to a $9.625M contract

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One contract unknown has been resolved for catcher Willson Contreras. Contreras and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $9.625 million contract Thursday, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for later in the day. The agreement was at the midpoint of the $10.25 million Contreras asked for and the $9 million the Cubs offered when figures were exchanged March 22. Arbitration hearings typically are held during spring training, but the 99-day owners lockout pushed it back. The Cubs have taken a file-and-trial approach to arbitration in past years, but this clearly was a different circumstance. Contreras, 30, will be a free agent for the first time after the season. His play is setting him up for a big payday, whether it’s from the Cubs — his organization since signing as a teenager in 2009 — or elsewhere. There are many ways to watch NFL live streams online, including free options and others that include all games live.

Kris Bryant Jokes New MLB Service-Time Rule Should Be Named for Him

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Seven years after the Cubs manipulated Kris Bryant’s service time to get an extra year of club control, the newly inked Rockies outfielder said he remains disappointed about one thing about that. And it has nothing to do with losing his grievance against the Cubs or having his free agency delayed by a year. "I’m just a little disappointed they didn’t name a rule after me," he said Thursday before facing the Cubs for the first time since signing a $182-million free agent deal with the Rockies. "I mean, Ohtani got his rule. I didn’t get a rule." Bryant’s case became a rallying cry for the union in addressing the long-contentious problem service-time manipulation in the new collective bargaining agreement — with players winning significant concessions that include awarding the top two finishers in Rookie of the Year balloting the full year of service time regardless of when they were promoted. The new CBA also rewards teams with extra draft picks for promoting players to Opening Day rosters and keeping them three for the full season, based on the players’ performances.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: Willson Contreras Gets His First Start as the Designated Hitter

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All things considered, a split in Colorado would be a perfectly great outcome for the Cubs. Let’s see if this group has what it takes to make it happen. With the lefty, Austin Gomber, on the mound for the Rockies today, David Ross is rolling with ONLY righty bats in the lineup.

The 2K MPH Fastball

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Repost from Reddit, but I found it interesting and kind of hilarious. In case you haven’t seen it, worth a peak. Love the way it rips through the gloves. Cheers! https://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/k3c79e/a_2000_mph_fastball/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

The Cubs Scouting Report on Ernie Banks

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My favorite Cub of all time.

Verlander on the Cubs?

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Could you have imagined that?

Darryl Kile Documentary

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This popped up in my Youtube feed last night. I watched this very sad moment in time. I remember it vividly. I was stationed in Korea when it all happened. My coworker was a die-hard Cardinal fan. We butted heads over baseball many times that year but that day was sad for all of us baseball fans.

Kris Bryant (and Astros' Alex Bregman) helped make a fan's dream come true

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Bryant, with an assist from Bregman, got to meet up with mega-fan Faith Kuhn, a 12-year-old with spina bifida.