Cubs activate Kris Bryant

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The Chicago Cubs have activated third baseman Kris Bryant from the 10-day disabled list. He will start at third base and hit third on Wednesday afternoon against the Giants.

Bryant missed nearly three weeks with inflammation in his left shoulder. When he went down he was hitting .280/.383/.481 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 311 plate appearances. In his absence Joe Maddon deployed Tommy La Stella, Ian Happ and, occasionally, Javier Baez at third base. Now it’s Bryant’s position again.

Red Sox reportedly listening to offers on Rick Porcello

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Red Sox are “openly listening” to offers for Rick Porcello. He says that the idea is to shed some salary for bullpen help, though just yesterday Dave Dombrowski said he was not planning on spending a lot of money on the bullpen this winter so who friggin’ knows?

Porcello posted a 4.28 ERA in 33 starts this past season. He is owed $21 million in 2019 and will be a free agent this time next year. Seems hard to imagine a deal that makes sense for him, but I suppose anything can happen.