CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoke to Mike Montgomery today after a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox/Athletic that he's adamant about starting: "I'm at that point in my career where that's what I want. In my opinion I think it's in the team's best interest for me to do that but then again I don't make those decisions." Montgomery said he won't ask to be traded but is making it very clear what he wants to do moving forward.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

What's left for the Bears (4-9) to play for? "We want to be the Grinch this year," linebacker Danny Trevathan told reporters at Halas Hall on Wednesday.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (team-high seven sacks) has played at a Pro Bowl level in 2017 but the veteran expressed disappointment on Wednesday over his number of missed opportunities. "I think I missed about four sacks in the last month," Hicks told reporters at Halas Hall. "I'm talking about hands on the quarterback and falling off. But in those situations I've set up other guys to be able to finish those sacks off."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"I think his return style was unique; Devin Hester's was. His ability to set up blocks in the open field while still being able to move and change the angles of people. What I noticed watching him return, it always like he was never looking at the guy that was in front of him. He was one block ahead. He knew how he was going to make this guy miss; he was trying to make the next guy miss and set up his blocks." -- Bears special teams coordinator on Devin Hester, who announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

“He's got great talent, No.1. He's very accurate. He's got great arm talent. He can put the ball on the money with good speed and anticipation, puts it in the right spots and it just shows his experience in those situations that he knows when to take maybe a little extra chance or when it's got to be thrown in there tighter or on time and on rhythm. He's a very impressive quarterback. You can see why they gave him all that money.” -- Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Saturday's opponent, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears Wednesday injury report: LIMITED -- TE Adam Shaheen (chest), WR Kendall Wright (shoulder), OLB Pernell McPhee (shoulder), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle), DL Eddie Goldman (hip) and S Adrian Amos (hamstring).

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch agent Scott Boras discuss free agent Jake Arrieta and the Cubs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs signed lefty Drew Smyly to a 2 year deal. He had Tommy John surgery last summer and will rehab for most of 2018. Brandon Morrow's deal is official as well. Two years plus a club/vesting option for 2020.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says new ideas have popped up recently as some teams have changed directions. He wouldn't get into specifics: "There's some things that have changed with teams since we were here (GM Meetings) last time. Circumstances have changed or ideas have changed...There are teams shifting what they want to do."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs GM Jed Hoyer talk winter meetings timeline and how Chicago sells itself to free agents.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs GM Jed Hoyer give an update on the winter meetings Tuesday afternoon.

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DeBrincat shares Blackhawks superlatives with Kaplan

Blackhawks rookie RW Alex DeBrincat joins Emily Kaplan to discuss how he overcomes being undersized, his preferred coaching style, trash talk in the NHL and the biggest splurge he's made since being drafted. Plus, superlatives on his Chicago teammates!

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer thinks they'll add at least one more pitcher before the end of the winter meetings.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was asked whether he expects to have Jose Abreu on his roster. As you'd expect, he deftly sidestepping the inquiry, "Right now, Jose Abreu is a White Sox. He's our first baseman."