Bob Brenly out of running for Cubs' job. But why?

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D.J. brought us the initial story on Saturday.  Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has pulled himself out of the running for the Cubs’ vacancy at manager.  But why?

Brenly won a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001 and has a
303-262 career managerial record.  He seems to enjoy the stress-free
side of baseball, but it’s not like broadcasting is a completely relaxed gig and it seems like a perfect time for a guy with his level of past success to step into one of baseball’s premier coaching gigs.

Maybe, as the Northwest Indiana Times points out, it’s because Brenly has made comments in the broadcast
booth about players like Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez — comments that would make things difficult in a transition to the clubhouse.  Brenly did call the Cubs a “dead-ass” team on June 25
after Carlos Zambrano’s dugout tirade.

The Cubs weren’t kidding when they said that their search for a new manager would be a long and wide-reaching process.  Several candidates have already been interviewed and others will join the party as the regular season winds down.  For now, though, Brenly is out.

White Sox won’t make bid for Bryce Harper

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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.

Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.

Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.