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Levine: Anthony Rizzo Embraces Leadership Role With Cubs"I want to bring that energy that needs to be brought every day," Rizzo says.
Bernstein: Many MLB Veterans UnwantedBaseball is increasingly a younger man’s game, and teams would rather pay for what someone else might do than for what you already may have done.
Baffoe: Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Not Channeling Grief Into PoliticsIn the aftermath of a mass shooting at his high school, Rizzo has a waiting audience if he wants to be more outspoken.
Bernstein: MLB Pace-Of-Play Moves Still Treating SymptomsLimiting mound visits is fine but also not at all the source of the problem.
Joe Maddon's Newest Slogan For Cubs: 'Everybody In'"I want them to be concerned on a daily basis about their enthusiasm and energy," Maddon says.
Levine: Tom Ricketts Excited By Cubs' Offseason Moves, 2018 Outlook"Everyone is in a good place," Ricketts says. "Everyone is hungry."
MLB Imposes Stricter Mound Limits, Defers On Pitch ClocksThe new rules include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change.
Levine: Cubs' Anthony Rizzo 'Proud' Of Parkland Community In Wake Of TragedySeventeen people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.
Anthony Rizzo: Visiting Parkland After Shooting 'Hardest Thing I Ever Had To Do'"I'm really proud of how everyone's coming together," Rizzo says.
Levine: After 'Very Tough' 2017, Cubs' Addison Russell Looks For Bounce-Back Season"I really think this is his year to blossom," manager Joe Maddon says of Russell.
Levine: Cubs' Jon Lester Ready To Roll, Even If He's Annoyed By Possible Pace-Of-Play Rule ChangesLester called the possible limit on mound visits and a pitch clock a "terrible idea."
Cubs Sign Reliever Shae Simmons, Place Pitcher Drew Smyly On 60-Day DLSigned by the Cubs this offseason, Smyly is still recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo On School Shooting: 'Something Has To Change'Rizzo was emotional as he recalled the Parkland, Fla. area's influence on his upbringing.
Cubs' Joe Maddon On Florida School Shooting: 'Doesn't Make Any Sense' That A Semi-Automatic Rifle Is In Anyone's HandsAnthony Rizzo has left Cubs camp after a shooting at his high school in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead Wednesday.
Levine: Cubs Rotation Has Potential To Be Best In MLB"We have five guys who can win every day," Jose Quintana says.
Anthony Rizzo Leaves Spring Training For Florida After Mass Shooting At Alma MaterSeventeen people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Tells His Florida High School To 'Stay Strong'At least 17 were dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a mass shooting there.
Levine: Mike Montgomery Wants To Find Ideal Balance On What's Best For Cubs, His FutureMontgomery admitted his ever-changing role took a toll on him in 2017.
Cubs To Use Brandon Morrow In Structured, 9th-Inning Closer's RoleWe don't see bullpen by committee," Theo Epstein says. "We think we've got a really good bullpen, and Morrow's the closer."
With 'Some Work,' Cubs Still In A Position To Be A Force In Free-Agent Market Next Offseason"Rosters are flexible, payrolls are flexible," Theo Epstein says.
Levine: World Series Hangover Long Gone For Newly Motivated, Hungry Cubs"The attitude of this group cannot be better," manager Joe Maddon says as spring training opens.
Levine: Yu Darvish Attracted To Chicago In Large Part By Cubs' CultureSlotting in as a frontline starter, Darvish has his sights on winning a title with the Cubs.
Theo Epstein: Flexibility Of Jose Quintana Contract A Big Reason Cubs Could Sign Yu DarvishThe team-friendly deal of Quintana came with an added bonus for the Cubs.
Cubs' Theo Epstein: 'Appropriate To Tip Your Cap To Jake Arrieta'"None of us have rings without Jake Arrieta," Epstein says.
Theo Epstein: Yu Darvish Ready To 'Do Some Special Things' For Cubs"My priority in selecting a team was a team that had a great chance of winning the World Series," Darvish said.
Report: Yu Darvish Holds No-Trade Clause For First 4 Years Of Deal With CubsDarvish also holds an opt-out clause after the second year of the deal, per reports.
Baffoe: A Salute To Jake ArrietaArrieta was a throwback, a consummate winner and one of the greatest Cubs ever.
Spring Training Preview Capsule: NL CentralThe Cubs are once again the NL Central favorite after two straight division crowns.
Emma: Yu Darvish Was Just What The Cubs NeededThe Cubs cemented their elite rotation for years to come by signing Darvish to a six-year deal.
The Bernstein Brief: Yu Darvish Nicely Adds To Cubs' Win ProjectionsThis is an in-window move for a Cubs team doing what it can to make another World Series win that much more possible.

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