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103-58, 1st in NL Cent

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Upon receiving his NL MVP Award at Saturday's BBWAA New York dinner, the Cubs' Kris Bryant said, "I think I've had a pretty dang good year." Bryant, who received the rookie of the year award a season ago, noted that he'd won the World Series, visited the White House and recently got married.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The World Series trophy just made an appearance at the Notre Dame-Syracuse basketball game Saturday in South Bend, Indiana. They brought the trophy out during the first timeout of the game and then played "Go Cubs Go," with most of the crowd singing along.

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RHP Cahill agrees to 1-year deal with Padres

Right-hander Trevor Cahill, who went 4-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 50 games with the Chicago Cubs, has finalized a $1.75 million, one-year deal with the San Diego Padres.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Speaking before Boston Baseball Writers' Dinner, Terry Francona said Theo Epstein visited him after Cubs' Game 7 celebration. "He's in a suit and smells like champagne, yet he was comfortable enough to come over. I thought that was really, really nice of him."

3dKeith Law

Farm system rankings: The middle 10

As the world champion Cubs and a group of playoff contenders in this tier prove, you can win without sacrificing your farm system.

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Smith misses out on Hall of Fame

In his final year on the ballot, Lee Smith received 34.2 percent of the vote, falling well short of the 75 percent threshold required for induction. Sammy Sosa (8.6 percent) didn't fare much better in his fifth year on the ballot. Full results

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Sosa received 8.6 percent of the vote for the Hall of Fame making the cut to stay on the ballot for another year but he's not close to getting in. Meanwhile Lee Smith got 34.1 percent but did not get in as he's still far from the 75 percent needed for induction. Derek Lee did not appear on a ballot in his first year of eligibility so he won't be considered for enshrinement next year as players need 5 percent of the vote to be considered the following year.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The good news for Sammy Sosa: His vote total went up, from 7.0 to 8.6 pct. The bad news: This makes 4 straight years in single digits. He would need to add nearly 300 votes to get elected. Good luck on that!

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What would Cubs say off the record?

If you gave truth serum to the executives of all 30 MLB teams, what might you hear? Buster Olney believes the Cubs would be more open about how unsure they are of Jason Heyward's offense entering 2017. Front-office truths (Insider)

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Will Willson Contreras step up in 2017?

It'll be tough for Contreras to improve upon his per-AB numbers from last season, but the 24-year-old still projects as a well-above-average offensive catcher, Tony Blengino writes. MLB players ready to improve (Insider)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have claimed righty pitcher Dylan Floro from Tampa Bay. He's 26, drafted in the 13th round in 2012. He's appeared in 12 ML games, all last year, and was in their system when Maddon managed in Tampa Bay. The Cubs 40-man roster stands at 39.

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Are the Cubs MLB's best defensive team?

Chicago was the only team to finish with a positive Defensive Runs Saved total at every position last season, per ESPN Stats & Info. Is the team's 2016 prowess enough for it to earn the top spot on Buster Olney's list? Top defenses (Insider)

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Is Schwarber MLB's best left fielder?

Kyle Schwarber's remarkable comeback in the World Series was a reminder of how good of a hitter he is, Buster Olney writes. Should a healthy Schwarber be considered the game's best at his position? Top left fielders (Insider)

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.

Cubs' day at the White House filled with laughs (2:30)
Joy of Chicago at the White House (6:27)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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



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6dJesse Rogers

President: Among Sox fans, I'm No. 1 Cubs fan

President Barack Obama welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win and speak to the power of sports to unite a divided nation.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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

President Obama jokes he wasn't crazy enough to predict Cubs' win (1:59)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25614th
On Base Percentage.3432nd
Slugging Percentage.42910th
Earned Run Average3.151st
Quality Starts100Tied-1st

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