In Arizona already, GM Jed Hoyer and the Cubs are preparing for a highly anticipated spring training, which begins in two weeks.
Don't sleep on Carlos Rodon
The adjustment curve for a rookie pitcher is often lengthy, but Rodon seemed to be figuring it out in late 2015, as evidenced by his 1.81 ERA and 2.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his final eight starts. He has a filthy slider that could be instrumental in increasing his strikeout total. Top 5 fantasy sleepers
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Nothing to see here, just a couple of Chicago Cubs fans in Giants' territory.
The two sides appear far apart on a 2016 salary, but the Cubs and Jake Arrieta could settle before an arbitration hearing next week.
Sure, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa and were top draft picks. But the Cubs have also been built the old-fashioned way: by spending gobs of money.
The former Lions and Redskins offensive lineman will be considered by the Seniors Committee along with Ken Stabler.
Michigan State has its Messiah, and Northwestern can unchain Jango, while Nebraska has Dicaprio to act its way out of any trouble.
Of the 23 members that signed with Notre Dame on Wednesday, not one took an official visit to another school after pledging to the Fighting Irish.
A coach on a two-year contract? No AD? Bill Cubit and the Illini coaches overcame an uncertain future to land a class that can provide immediate help.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Marc Mariani finished the 2015 season with 22 catches for 300 yards.
Jonathan Toews scored his second goal of the night in overtime in his return from a one-game suspension, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Tre Demps scored 23 points with eight assists and Bryant McIntosh added 20 points and six rebounds as Northwestern snapped a five-game losing streak with an 82-58 win over Minnesota on Thursday.
Aside from being stars in their sports, Jimmy Butler and Demaryius Thomas share a bond that created a friendship and a Broncos super fan in Chicago.
Reliever Fernando Rodney and the San Diego Padres completed their $2 million, one-year contract on Thursday.
Having signed off on signing day, we look at the college football recruiters who came away from the 2016 cycle as the biggest winners.
Bears' grade holds steady
Chicago's work last offseason looked pretty good at the time to Mike Sando and still looks pretty good now. A strong draft class and the production received from free-agent signing Pernell McPhee worked in the Bears' favor. 2015 offseason re-grade (Insider)
Obama stays true to Chicago roots
The Warriors were honored at the White House, where President Obama said he was happy to welcome a player from the greatest team in NBA history -- Steve Kerr, who played on the 1995-96 Bulls team that won 72 games. The current Warriors coach, and his team, all got a big laugh out of that one.
Grading the 2016 football recruiting classes in the Big Ten, which saw Ohio State deliver another top-5 class and Michigan finish with a fury.
E'Twaun Moore finally breaks through
The fifth-year guard cracked the 20-point mark for the first time with 24 in the Bulls' win at Sacramento on Wednesday night. Elias Sports Bureau reports he went into the game with the fourth-most career points for active players who'd never scored 20 in a game:
- Chris Andersen (3,635)
- Ian Mahinmi (1,935)
- Ryan Hollins (1,825)
- E'Twaun Moore (1,526)
High marks for Notre Dame
The Irish fared well on the recruiting trail this year, ranking 16th in the nation and earning top marks among Group of 5 teams and Independents. ESPN 300 receiver Chase Claypool is a name to watch, Recruiting class grades (Insider)