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Yankees sign Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal

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The New York Yankees signed infielder Danny Espinosa last night. It’s a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, so he’ll have to play his way onto the team.

That may be a pretty tall order given that Espinosa hit a mere .173/.245/.278 in 93 games for the Angels, Mariners and Rays last season. Still, Espinosa likely has a better chance of getting playing time with the Yankees than a lot of other teams given their current infield situation. At present Ronald Torreyes is penciled in at second base and third base is currently occupied by Miguel Andujar on the depth chart. Not that the Yankees are necessarily done making moves.

If the eight-year veteran does not make a good impression in spring training it may very well be his last major league spring training.

The Cubs are considering a sportsbook at Wrigley Field

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With the nationwide ban on sports gambling gone — and with sports gambling regulations slowly being implemented on a state-by-state basis — any number of businesses are considering getting in on the action. Among those businesses are the Chicago Cubs.

ESPN reports that the club is considering opening gambling facilities in and around Wrigley Field which might include betting windows, automated kiosks or, possibly, a full, casino-style sportsbook. They’re characterized as preliminary discussions as the team awaits the Illinois governor’s signature on recently-passed legislation allowing gambling. The Cubs aren’t commenting, but a source tells ESPN that nothing has been done yet. It’s just talk at the moment.

If the Cubs move forward from the talking stage it will cost them a pretty penny: a four-year license will, under Illinois’ new law, cost them $10 million.

Now: let’s see the White Sox take some action this year. I can think of nothing more fun than sports gambling at what was once Comiskey Park on the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal.