Craig Sager put $1,000 down on the Cubs to win the World Series last year

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The great Craig Sager has had a rough go of it health-wise in recent years, but don’t you dare call him unlucky.

He’d be the first to tell you not to, given all that he has experienced in life and how much he has said to have enjoyed his long and fascinating career in sports. No matter what he has faced, he has always been a positive guy and people with that kind of attitude rarely consider themselves unlucky.

But he’s been lucky in far more basic ways of late. He just won a bunch of money on the Chicago Cubs:

I’m not sure what the December odds were, but several sports betting concerns had the Cubs at 4-1 or so when spring training began.

You do gotta think positive. Here’s to Craig Sager, ever the optimist. And now a slightly richer optimist.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.