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After Tyson Ross's decision to go to TEX, the Cubs continue to evaluate free agent pitching. Brett Anderson is a possible fit.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

?Alex Rodriguez is hosting a pilot show for CNBC called "Back In The Game," where he helps ex-athletes with their money. ?

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester clarified any confusion as to why he didn't attend the White House ceremony to celebrate the Cubs championship on Monday tweeting he had a death in the family and the funeral was on Monday. Several players missed the ceremony including Jake Arrieta who also was dealing with family issues. The Cubs also have stated no player missed the ceremony for political reasons. Lester attended after the Red Sox won the WS in 2013.

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The Royals signed pitcher Danny Duffy to a 5-year contract extension. Duffy had the best season of his career in 2016. From June 11-Aug. 21 he was 10-0 with a 2.35 ERA. He also set the Royals single-game strikeout record with 16 against the Rays on Aug. 1. The one concern would be his last 7 starts -- he was 1-6 with a 6.37 ERA and 12 HR allowed in 41 IP.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss the culmination of winning the World Series: visiting the White House.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs manager Joe Maddon discuss visiting the White House on Monday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Presidents lifetime pass to Wrigley Field given to him by the team.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Obama praising Theo for his accomplishments : "I've talked to him about being DNC chair."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs and Barack Obama

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Hall of Fame Cubs Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs ownership, Tom and Laura Ricketts.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Awaiting the Cubs and President Obama