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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred absolves Cubs of tanking allegations

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred absolves Cubs of tanking allegations

General manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that the Cubs merely traded short-term assets for long-term assets to help create their rebuilding program over the last four seasons, and Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected any suggestion that teams would tank a season for the sake of getting a higher draft pick.

"I believe our clubs are smarter than to pursue a strategy that is inherently self-limiting, particularly if they think other clubs are doing it," Manfred said during a news conference. "I'm not convinced this is a problem that needs an answer."

Hoyer scoffed at the perception of tanking.

"That label does an...

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