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December 8, 2016 View email in browser
 

Talk of the town

Rick Hahn, take a bow. You’re the talk of the winter meetings – in a good way. Hahn’s 30-hour blitz of trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox and Adam Eaton to the Nationals brought in seven prospects, including two of the top three nationally in MLB.com’s rankings and four in the top 38. Pretty, pretty good for a club who didn’t have a top 50 prospect when the meetings started Monday. “(We hope the fans) are starting to see some of the long-term benefit and what the goal of the plan is,” Hahn said of the overhaul. And everybody knows you can’t spell rebuild without Rick Renteria. Sure, it’s probably too early to say the White Sox “won” this week’s trade-fest, but go take a victory lap, Hahn.

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Helping hand

The Cubs bullpen got some left-handed help today in Caleb Smith. Yesterday, it was Wade Davis in, and Aroldis Chapman out (back to the Yankees). That’s some core you got, Cubs.

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EVERYTHING IS FINE

Why, what did you hear? John Fox and Vic Fangio denied any rifts, but … Steve Rosenbloom wants to know: Why are we asking about Fangio’s supposed exit, but not Fox’s?

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Family ties

Willie Young Jr. and Willie Young Sr.: They made it together. And that’s why the Jr. never takes being on the Bears for granted. As for Leonard Floyd, he’s just starting to show his potential.

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Welcome back

Doug McDermott will play vs. the Spurs (8:30 p.m., CSN/TNT), his first Bulls action since missing 11 games with a concussion. That’s good news for Jimmy Butler (and his heavy workload).

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Hello, Darling

With Corey Crawford out, it’s Scott Darling‘s time to shine. And look, free agency is looming. Such timing! Elsewhere, noted good guy Jonathan Toews does a good thing.

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No recount needed

It’s a tie! Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett are co-winners of the Tribune’s Silver Football, awarded to the Big Ten’s best player. It’s the first tie since ’09.

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