Word on the Street: Cubs aquire reliever

Word on the Street: Cubs aquire reliever

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

Cubs acquire reliever from Red Sox
The Cubs completed a minor move today, acquiring minor-league relief pitcher Robert Coello from the Boston Red Sox for minor-league second baseman Tony Thomas.

Coello, 26, will be added to the 40-man roster and will compete for a bullpen spot in spring training. In 2010 Coello split his time between Double and Triple-A, compiling a 7-6 record, 3.86 ERA, and leading the Sox system with 130 strikeouts. (CSN Chicago)
Putz: Sox built to win now

Former White Sox reliever J.J. putz may be a Diamondback now, but he's still a Sox-believer. He said on Tuesday that he believes the team is build to win now.

"I thought we were really close last year," Putz said. "Obviously, if injuries wouldn't have hit, it would have been a completely different story.""And then with Matt's (Thornton) elbow and my knee, we never had the 25 guys all year. That team is built to win, and built to win now. I'll put their rotation up against anybody in the American League." (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Ex-Cub Hill changes style
Former Cubs starter and reliever Rich Hill, who was known for his wicked curve ball, is changing his throwing motion. The lefty will now be throwing his pitches exclusively sidearm, believing it could make him a more effective reliever.

"It's very natural to me, I feel comfortable doing it," said Hill. (Boston Globe)

Ex-Hawk Byfuglien gets big extension

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that former Blackhawks defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has signed a big five-year, 26 million contract with his new team, the Atlanta Thrashers. Byfuglien became a fan-favorite in chicago as he helped the team capture a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Marian Hossa named Blackhawks' nominee for 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Marian Hossa named Blackhawks' nominee for 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

The Chicago chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has selected Marian Hossa to be the Blackhawks' nominee for the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

The 38-year-old winger has bounced back in a huge way following a 2015-16 campaign where he had only 13 goals and 20 assists in 64 games. 

Hossa is tied for second on the team with 24 goals and ranks sixth on the club with 42 points in 66 contests this season. He ranks fourth among active players with 1,131 points, and recently surpassed Pat Verbeek to move into 35th all-time in goals scored with 523.

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Three finalists from the 30 NHL teams will be named at the end of the regular season.

Pit Martin (1969-70) and Bryan Berard (2003-04) are the only two players in Blackhawks history to win the honor.

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.

Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.