Word on the Street: Cubs aquire reliever

Word on the Street: Cubs aquire reliever

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011
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Cubs acquire reliever from Red Sox
The Cubs completed a minor move today, acquiring minor-league relief pitcher Robert Coello from the Boston Red Sox for minor-league second baseman Tony Thomas.

Coello, 26, will be added to the 40-man roster and will compete for a bullpen spot in spring training. In 2010 Coello split his time between Double and Triple-A, compiling a 7-6 record, 3.86 ERA, and leading the Sox system with 130 strikeouts. (CSN Chicago)
Putz: Sox built to win now

Former White Sox reliever J.J. putz may be a Diamondback now, but he's still a Sox-believer. He said on Tuesday that he believes the team is build to win now.

"I thought we were really close last year," Putz said. "Obviously, if injuries wouldn't have hit, it would have been a completely different story.""And then with Matt's (Thornton) elbow and my knee, we never had the 25 guys all year. That team is built to win, and built to win now. I'll put their rotation up against anybody in the American League." (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Ex-Cub Hill changes style
Former Cubs starter and reliever Rich Hill, who was known for his wicked curve ball, is changing his throwing motion. The lefty will now be throwing his pitches exclusively sidearm, believing it could make him a more effective reliever.

"It's very natural to me, I feel comfortable doing it," said Hill. (Boston Globe)

Ex-Hawk Byfuglien gets big extension

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that former Blackhawks defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has signed a big five-year, 26 million contract with his new team, the Atlanta Thrashers. Byfuglien became a fan-favorite in chicago as he helped the team capture a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Sports Business Insider: Ben Zobrist earning his paycheck with Cubs

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Sports Business Insider: Ben Zobrist earning his paycheck with Cubs

The Cubs added just under $19 million in salary over the next four years when they opted for veteran Ben Zobrist at second base over Starlin Castro this past offseason.

After winning a World Series with the Kansas City Royals, Zobrist inked a four-year, $56 million deal with the Cubs, which prompted the North Siders to trade Castro to the New York Yankees.

So far the move has paid immediate dividends in 2016.

Zobrist is either tied or has better numbers than Castro in every major statistical category through 47 games this season.

Check out the latest Sports Business Insider video above to see how the two second baseman stack up this season.

NBA Draft Profile: Utah C Jakob Poeltl

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NBA Draft Profile: Utah C Jakob Poeltl

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 50 prospects, including video interviews with each player, what they're saying leading up to draft day as well as their potential fit with the Bulls.

Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah

7'0" | 230 lbs. | 20 years old

2015-16 stats:

17.2 points, 9.1 rebounds, 64.6% FG, 1.6 blocks, 30.4 minutes

Projection:

Lottery

Quotable:

"I feel like I acvtually fit that style pretty good. Because the league's getting smaller but also you have to be more versatile as a big, you have to do more different stuff like step out a little bit, like be able to handle the ball, be able to pass the ball. And I feel like that's somethign I'm actually pretty good at. So I think I'll fit in pretty well."

Rotoworld mock draft selection:

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah – Greg Monroe hasn’t really seemed to gel with Jason Kidd’s offense and defense, but Poeltl has the potential to step in and help on both ends. He has above-average potential as a rim protector, and though not the most athletic player, he is skilled on the offensive end, comfortable in the pick-and-roll, and can make an impact on the offensive boards.

Fit for the Bulls:

It could be an offseason of change for the Bulls' frontcourt, as both Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol are set to become free agents. The Bulls hit on their Bobby Portis selection last year, and adding Poeltl to the mix would give a solid rim protector and post presence. Poeltl would be an excellent complement to Portis' stretch game. And if the Bulls opt to bring back one of Gasol or Noah, Poeltl would have a solid mentor to learn from. He'll become the first Austrian to ever play in the NBA, so the Bulls' fan base would grow exponentially in central Europe, for what it's worth.

87 Days to Kickoff: Woodstock North

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87 Days to Kickoff: Woodstock North

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26.

School: Woodstock North Thunder

Head coach: Jeff Schroeder

Assistant coaches:  John Fredericks, Matt Polnow, Chris Jackowiak

How they fared in 2015: 4-5 (2-4) Fox Valley (Fox). Woodstock North failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state football playoff field.

Biggest storyline in 2016: How will the Thunder fare in the new Kishwaukee River Conference in 2016?

Names to watch this season: OL/DL Zach Schau RB/DB Collin Mergi QB/LB Matt Zinnen

Biggest holes to fill: The Thunder will need to get some numbers and depth this season with several starters planning to play on both sides of the football.

EDGY's Early Take: The Thunder, along with sister school Woodstock, move into the new Kishwaukee River Conference along with several former Big Northern schools. The conference should benefit Woodstock North from an overall enrollment standpoint. Expect the Thunder to compete for a conference title and a state playoff spot.