Inside Look with Jim Hendry debuts Friday at 5 p.m.

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Inside Look with Jim Hendry debuts Friday at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011Posted: 3:18 p.m.

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Cubs general manager Jim Hendry sat down with David Kaplan for this month's Inside Look, which debuts at 5 p.m. on Friday on Comcast SportsNet, and discussed everything from manager Mike Quade to the Ricketts family, Sammy Sosa's departure, Milton Bradley and much more.

Hendry on manager Mike Quade
"Mike Quade managed that team like he already had it this year. If he hadnt, it would have shown up and he wouldnt have been successful. That was impressive."

Hendry on the Ricketts family ownership
"I think the people in Chicago are going to be thrilled with the Ricketts family. ... I think they have a real good feeling of what they want to do. I think there is long term success here."

Hendry on Milton Bradley
"On paper, he was the right guy. A lot of good people had thought Milton had gotten over the hump and changed. It turned out to be a very poor decision by me. He was the right guy as far as performance and what we needed. But in hindsight, I should have left well enough alone."

Hendry on Sammy Sosa
"He did a lot of great things for the franchise. Obviously, it didnt end well and that was under my watch. I didnt think he handled the end of it well. He and I never had arguments or words, any of that. I wish it ended better."

In addition, CSNChicago.com will post the entire interview, including portions not seen on television, after the show debuts on Friday.

Comcast SportsNet will re-air Inside Look with Jim Hendry throughout the month: Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Sunday at 5:30 p.m., March 20 at 6 p.m., March 22 at 9:30 p.m., March 24 at 3:30 p.m., March 27 at 6 p.m. and March 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces for Cubs’ offseason puzzle

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Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces for Cubs’ offseason puzzle

Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces of the offseason puzzle as the Cubs try to defend their World Series title while still planning for the future.

The Cubs left this week’s winter meetings in Maryland still involved in the Ross talks, sources said, monitoring an intriguing pitcher they had targeted before the 2015 trade deadline.

The San Diego Padres didn’t really buy or sell during that pennant race and made another curious decision last week when they didn’t offer Ross a contract for 2017. MLB Trade Rumors projected Ross would have made $9.6 million during his final year in the arbitration system.

After issues involving his right shoulder wiped out almost his entire season, Ross underwent surgery in October to address thoracic outlet syndrome.

Ross was San Diego’s Opening Day starter during a 15-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but didn’t pitch again, clouding a future that once had him looking like a trade-deadline chip and one of the best pitchers in the free-agent class after the 2017 season.

That’s when Jake Arrieta will be looking for his megadeal and John Lackey might be in retirement and Jon Lester will be turning 34. That’s why the Cubs are so focused on pitching this winter and trying to balance out an organization tilted toward hitters.

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Kyle Hendricks proved he will be a pitcher to build around – and the Cubs believe Mike Montgomery can evolve from a swingman into a fifth starter and maybe something far more valuable – but depth is a real issue.

Ross made 30-plus starts in 2014 and 2015, when he earned an All-Star selection and accounted for almost 400 innings combined. He will turn 30 in April and is seen as a positive force within the clubhouse. He has a 6-foot-6 frame, a second-round-pick pedigree and a Cal-Berkeley education.

Reports have already linked the Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates to Ross and not completely ruled out a return to San Diego. During an offseason where the free-agent market is essentially devoid of reliable frontline starters, there could be sticker shock, even with a rehabbing pitcher.

Trading for Wade Davis meant the Cubs were out of the bidding for Greg Holland, another All-Star closer who helped turn the Kansas City Royals into World Series champions. Holland spent this year recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, but he will still be in position to capitalize after Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman and eventually Kenley Jansen reset the market for closers.

With Ross, the Cubs will have to get a better sense of the medical picture and the price for all that upside.

Beyond a winning culture, the Cubs can sell the pitching infrastructure that helped turn Arrieta into a Cy Young Award winner and transform Hendricks into an ERA leader and keep the rotation remarkably healthy.

“Those really talented pitchers are going to be in demand, even those that are coming off an injury,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said this week at National Harbor. “We’ll stay engaged on some of those guys, but they’ll have to be just the right talent.

“We’ll have to feel good about the medical and the return to play. And the fit on the club would have to be right, too. But the true elite guys have a real market, even if they’re coming off down seasons.”

Cubs' MVP Kris Bryant signs multi-year extension with Adidas

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Cubs' MVP Kris Bryant signs multi-year extension with Adidas

Kris Bryant just keeps on winning in 2016.

Two months after leading the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years, Bryant signed a multi-year extension with Adidas.

"It's a phenomenal time to be partnered with Adidas with all the energy and momentum that the brand has right now," Bryant said via a press release. "Adidas embraced me as part of the family from the start."

Bryant was named National League MVP after hitting .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs. He hit .308 with three homers and 8 RBIs in the postseason.

Bryant first signed with Adidas in 2014 after the Cubs made him the No. 2 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.