Word on the Street: Versteeg to Philly?

Word on the Street: Versteeg to Philly?

Monday, Feb. 14, 2011
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Versteeg to Philly?

The Blackhawks-Flyers rivalry hasn't been all that heated until the two teams met on hockey's biggest stage in vying for the Stanley Cup last spring. However, that rivalry may be turning a bit more sour as Philadelphia has officially acquired Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for two draft picks.

Versteeg was an integral part of the Blackhawks squad that topped Philly last season, but was also part of the Chicago roster makeover during the summer that saw several key players leave the Windy City. (CSNPhilly.com)

Tice not going to Titans anytime soon

The Titans faxed a formal request to the Chicago Bears to interview assistant coach Mike Tice for the vacant offensive coordinator position in Tennessee. The Bears denied that request Monday, ensuring Tice will remain as the offensive line coach for the Monsters of the Midway for at least one more season. (Chicago Tribune)

Could your favorite Hawk be on the move?

With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, the Chicago Blackhawks could be making some moves, but some players may be easier to swap than others.

MidwestSportsFans.com broke down five Blackhawks who may very well be on the move over the next couple of weeks, including Dave Bolland and Brent Seabrook. (MidwestSportsFans.com)

Notre Dame QB Montana headed to Montana

Nate Montana, the son of legendary NFL quarterback Joe Montana, has officially left Notre Dame and enrolled at the University of Montana. There were rumors Montana would be headed to a new school and since he was enrolled at Montana by last Friday, he is eligible to participate in spring practice and play this fall. (Chicago Tribune)

Cubs, Smokies will be tied together through '14

The Chicago Cubs have extended their affiliation with the Tennessee Smokies through the 2014 season. The Smokies are currently the Cubs' Double-A affiliate and have been since they joined the organization in 2007 after spending two years with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Chicago Tribune)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls welcome Cavaliers to town

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls welcome Cavaliers to town

In the latest installment of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, the panel previews the Bulls' matchup against the Cavaliers. 

Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by Mark Carman (WGN Radio), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Kendall Gill to break down the keys to a Bulls win. Later, Vincent Goodwill (CSNChicago.com) joins Luke to discuss the team's progress. 

Finally, LeBron James pays off his World Series bet and the entire media world is there to see it. 

Check out the SportsTalk Live Podcast below: 

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.