Northwestern University partners with the Cubs to bring college sports to Wrigley Field

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The last time Wrigley Field was used for football the configuration only allowed for one end zone to be used.  Maybe this new deal will address that:

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs have entered into a partnership that will result in the university staging athletic events for many of the school’s 19 varsity programs at Wrigley Field over the next several years, the two sides announced Tuesday.

The events will include five football games, with the dates still pending while the field completes its ongoing restoration project.

Northwestern baseball begins there this year. They could play football there as soon as 2014.

Dodgers, Reds discussing a Yasiel Puig trade

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Here’s a rumor from yesterday afternoon that sort of fell through the cracks, but it’s fun enough to think about for a few moments: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Reds have had “multiple” trade discussions involving Yasiel Puig.

Puig is a potential trade candidate, either (a) because he’s “disgruntled,” according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times last week; or (b) because the Dodgers want to clear salary and roster spots in order to sign a big-name player, according to Rosenthal here. Many people suspect that the Dodgers are going to make a run at Bryce Harper, for example, and if that’s the case they’d no doubt want to open up right field for him.

It seems questionable that any Reds-Dodgers talks would get a ton of traction, especially given that Rosenthal reports that there’s a possibility of the Dodgers taking on Reds pitcher Homer Bailey and the $28 million he’s still owed in order to get some talent back from the Reds in a trade. That would seem to defeat the purpose of unloading Puig’s salary, but this is the sort of things we all talk about now given that the league has, more or less, a defacto salary cap imposed by the Competitive Balance Tax.