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Winning offseason nearly complete; now Cubs have to execute on field

Winning offseason nearly complete; now Cubs have to execute on field

With the most anticipated Cubs season in decades on the immediate horizon, Kris Bryant and Theo Epstein spent the last week dealing with sharks.

Bryant, the Cubs' Rookie of the Year third baseman, was swimming with real sharks in Hawaii, protected in a steel cage. Epstein, the Cubs' president, was busy negotiating Jake Arrieta's salary with Scott Boras, a shark-like agent who has been known to eat baseball executives for lunch.

Fortunately for Cubs' fans, both emerged unscathed. Bryant got some cool video for his Instagram account, while Epstein avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million salary for Arrieta, the largest ever for a pitcher with four years of...

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