Ryne Sandberg rejoined the Cubs as an ambassador to the team, and the best thing about the new deal, the Hall of Famer said, was that he's back "home."
Before Theo Epstein built this baseball think tank, it was envisioned by Tom Ricketts. He saw the need to improve the size and quality of the Cubs' baseball operations staff in his first two years as an owner, in 2010 and '11.
Travis Ishikawa, an eight-year Major League first baseman who starred in the 2014 National League Championship Series for the Giants, has signed a Minor League deal with the Mariners with an invitation to big league camp, according to a source. The club did not confirm the deal.
In a move that might seem a bit like formalizing something that was already taking place, the NCAA voted on Friday to allow high school players who are drafted to have an agent negotiate with the Major League club that drafted them without it impacting their eligibility.
Getting a helping hand (or two) from family.
Nolan Ryan described newly-elected Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. as "the most complete player I have seen in a long time." Ryan, however, thinks baseball may have gotten a glimpse of a player with a similar type of long-term potential last year in Carlos Correa.