Are the Cubs really "front-runners" for Fielder?

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Are the Cubs really "front-runners" for Fielder?

Another day, another rumor surrounding the Cubs and Prince Fielder.

This time, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports believes Fielder is the Cubs' "player to lose."

Rosenthal calls the Cubs front-runners for the big first baseman, but also admits nobody should be scheduling a news conference anytime soon.

According to the national baseball writer, the Rangers and Marlins are out on the bidding for Fielder and it appears to be the Cubs against the Mariners. If that is the case, some think Chicago will emerge as the winners from that.

The Cubs still do not want to give Fielder a 10-year deal and nobody -- including Rosenthal -- is reporting anything different.

However, at the same time, new Cubs manager Dale Sveum says this may just be a lot of talk right now:

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Patrick Mooney Dale Sveum says he hasn't reached out to Prince Fielder.
Dec 16 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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Patrick Mooney Sveum on Prince and Cubs: "At this point I think it's a lot of media talking more than us doing anything. We haven't had any talks."
Dec 16 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

So more conflicting reports. Though at this point, that should come as no surprise to anybody.

Rosenthal and other national writers do not have the same pulse on the Cubs beat writers like Mooney have here in Chicago.

No idea how this will end up, but again, there will always be rumors tied in with the Cubs and Fielder until the slugger signs a contract.

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Ben Zobrist had three hits and scored two runs as Chicago finished with a major league-best 57-24 home record. It's the most home wins for the Cubs since they went 58-19 at the West Side Grounds in 1910.

The Cardinals lost for the third time in four games, wasting a chance to improve their playoff positioning. They remain a half-game back of San Francisco for the second NL wild card.

Lester (19-4), one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young Award, struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed three hits and walked one while improving to 10-0 with 1.34 ERA in his last 13 starts.

Carlos Martinez (15-9) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.

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Chicago baseball teams and players shared their own messages on Twitter after the news broke.

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Fernandez, who won National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, was twice named an NL All Star, including this season. He had a sparkling 2.58 ERA in his four big league seasons. After dealing with injuries that limited him to 19 combined starts during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Fernandez was stellar this season, posting a 2.86 ERA and striking out a whopping 253 batters in 182 1/3 innings.