Blake Parker

2m

This closer situation is, uh, “organic.” 

4m

MESA, Ariz. – James Russell is an old-school reliever. He grew up in big-league clubhouses. He wants the ball. He doesn’t think the Cubs have overworked him.

6m

Cubs executives looked at the closer’s job as a carrot they could dangle in free agency. Now Jose Veras has the chance to work the ninth inning at Wrigley Field.

10m

Daniel Bard stood at his locker Friday afternoon, his pants stained with blood and his belongings pouring out of a Boston Red Sox bag.

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