This time last year, even the Cubs executives who knew Anthony Rizzo better than anyone else couldn't be certain that they were getting a core player for the next decade.
The Cubs continue to make investments in the international market and take chances on pitchers recovering from injuries.
PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed free agent reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year contract worth $6.75 million.
By David Ferris
The following relief pitchers are ranked assuming a 5x5 format (wins, saves, ERA, WHIP, strikeouts).