Anthony Rizzo says the Cubs are going to win the NL Central this year

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The Cubs have a confident first baseman. Here he is this afternoon at a Cubs Caravan stop:

You can choose to say that he’s creating bulletin board material, but no one has any damn bulletin boards anymore. You seen any of them new clubhouses? It’s all video monitors and stuff.

Also: remember, it would probably be a lot more newsworthy if a team’s biggest star said “Honestly, I’m thinking fourth place maybe? Third if another team has a bunch of injuries. I have plane reservations for October, 6th, dudes.”

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.