Word on the Street: No Epstein for Cubs

Word on the Street: No Epstein for Cubs

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
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NoEpstein for Cubs

If the Red Sox don't win the American League wild card and miss their postseason for the second year in a row, it could cause them to make impulsive moves. One suych move could be letting Theo Epstein leave with a year left on his contract. Epstein and the owner John Henry would have to take emotion out of this decision. Epstein has yet to show interest in the Cubs GM vacancy. (Fox Sports)

Cooper manages Sox's last games

With Ozzie Guillen in Spain, one of the game's best pitching coaches Don Cooper will be managing the last two games with first base coach Harold Baines as assistant. Joey Cora was told not to show up at U.S. Cellular Field for the final two games and will likely resume as Guillen's bench coach with the Florida Marlins. (Hardball Talk)

Could Zambrano join Ozzie in Miami?

It seems as though the Cubs will do anything to get rid of Carlos Zambrano. With Ozzie Guillen on his way to Florida, why not Zambrano as well? Guillen and Zambrano are off-field friends. Guillen has always supported Zambrano without hesitation through out the seasons. It's possible that Guillen could push the Marlins to take Zambrano. If the Marlins take Zambrano the Cubs might not get anything for him.(Hardball Talk)
Pierzynski is postseason analyst for Fox
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has accepted a job as Fox's pregame and postgame analyst for the American League Championship Series and World Series.(Chicago Tribune)

Good news for Persa

Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald said quarterback Dan Persa is supposed to return this weekend. Persa should be able to play against Illinois on Saturday. It 's not clear whether Persa will start nor how much playing time he will receive.(CollegeFootball Talk)

Fantasy football: Week 4

Bears Dane Sanzenbacher is a good receiver to pick up. There are a few receiver's that give off a vibe of promising excellence and Sanzebacher is among those. Seahawks' Sidney Rice, Lions' Titus Young and the Buffalo Bills defense. Bills' defense is pretty promising because they picked off four Tom Brady passes.(Chicago Tribune)

Kane and Hossa debut

Chicago Blackhawks offensive stars Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa will get a chance to play Wednesday night against Detroit Red Wings at the United Center.
While Kane was recovering from his surgery he missed four preseason games. Hossa arrived late to training camp due to the death of his close friend, Pavol Demitra, in the plane crash. Here's their chance to really get loose. Meantime, Patrick Sharp is doing well and recovering steadily from his emergency appendectomy surgery.(Chicago Tribune)

Super Bowl XLVIII logo

The potential logo for Super Bowl XLVIII has a snow flakebranded between New York and New Jersey. It's a possibility there willbe much snow in February, 2014. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said snowisn't such a bad idea because whatever is thrown at them, they'll beready.(ProoFootball Talk)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs visit White House as World Series champions

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs visit White House as World Series champions

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined by David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Jason Goch (SB Nation Radio) to discuss the Cubs' visit to the White House.

The guys reflect on the historic day and Theo Epstein's speech. Then, the panel breaks down the Packers' impressive run and question whether it's okay for Bears fans to appreciate Aarond Rodgers and company.

Finally, are the Wild the Blackhawks' biggest threat come playoff time?

Listen to the SportsTalk Live podcast below.

 

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

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Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

Midfield has been an area of focus this offseason for Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and another new addition to that group was added on Monday.

The Fire have traded $400,000 in general allocation money in return for midfielder Dax McCarty from the New York Red Bulls. Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two first reported the trade.

McCarty was an All-Star in 2015 and part of the league's Best XI that season when he had eight assists to go with a goal. Last season he made 26 starts for the Red Bulls and totaled three goals and had five assists.

"Since the middle of 2016, we made acquiring Dax our No. 1 priority," Rodr√≠guez said in the club's press release. "We believe adding his character and leadership in the locker room, as well as his exceptional soccer abilities on the field, dramatically improves our team."

The last time McCarty played at Toyota Park was a 2-2 draw on July 31 when a Khaly Thiam tackle caused a fractured tibia, which forced McCarty to sit out a month.

McCarty got married on Saturday, which delayed his arrival to the current U.S. national team camp. McCarty's participation in national team camp means he will join the Fire's preseason already in progress. The final match of the camp is on Feb. 3 while the Fire are set to start preseason on January 23.

McCarty, 29, has spent the past five and a half seasons with the Red Bulls. He began his career by playing five seasons for FC Dallas and was with D.C. United for part of the 2011 campaign before being traded to the Red Bulls. As an 11-year league veteran and the Red Bulls' captain, McCarty adds leadership and experience which Rodriguez has prioritized this offseason.

The Fire already added a former MLS All-Star in midfield this offseason in Juninho. The pair could line up next to each other in the preferred 4-2-3-1 coach Veljko Paunovic used for most of last season. This also could potentially put Matt Polster's role with the team in question. As the roster stands now, the third-year midfielder would be competing for two veteran All-Star caliber midfielders who were brought in at a high price.

Not to suggest a position move is in the works for Polster, but he did split time between midfield and right back with the Fire in 2015 under coach Frank Yallop and played there for the U-23 national team in Olympic qualifying. Right back remains a position of need by Rodriguez's own admission.

The trade also adds further context to the Fire trading the No. 3 pick in the draft on Friday. The Fire swapped the pick for $250,000 in general allocation money from New York City FC and Tenorio is reporting the Fire will send $400,000 to the Red Bulls for McCarty. To add those two moves together, the Fire dealt the No. 3 overall pick and $150,000 of allocation money for McCarty.