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CHICAGO -- Theo Epstein has worked furiously the last five weeks to put his management team in place as the new president of baseball operations with the Chicago Cubs. Hes running down his list of players to call and chat up. He flew to Florida to fire manager Mike Quade and has hired a new skipper in Dale Sveum. Epstein also has visited the teams academy in the Dominican Republic. With speculation swirling that the Cubs could be in the market for either Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols, Epstein on Thursday reiterated his pledge since leaving the Boston Red Sox to take the job in Chicago: The Cubs need to build for the future. "If there is a move that makes us much better in the short term but is at the expense of doing it the right way and building it for the long haul through a core of young players, were not going to make that type of move," Epstein said Thursday at Wrigley Field. That doesnt mean the Cubs wont sign free agents. They already tabbed outfielder David DeJesus with a two-year, US$10 million deal this week and an option for a third year. DeJesus, who had an off-year in his only season with Oakland, could be the starting right fielder and is the type of player Epstein likes because he is well-rounded, can hit right-handed pitching, runs the bases well and is a strong defensive player. Epstein did not directly address reports that the Cubs have entered the sweepstakes for Fielder and Pujols. "I dont think you pay too much attention to the rumours," he said, adding that what the Cubs do is always of interest to a lot of people. Its a large-market team with a nationwide fan base. But even if the Cubs top priority is building for the future while also trying to field a winning team in 2012, who knows what will transpire during the winter meetings next week in Dallas. "Im not saying were not going to make a move that might be unanticipated or catch people by surprise or might not on its face fit perfectly into that little box," Epstein said. Epstein and his staff have been studying the new rules for drafting and signing of players under baseballs new collective bargaining agreement. The CBA, approved Thursday by the players, has new luxury taxes on both the June draft and international signings, which could cut down on big bonuses to high school and college players, as well as prospects from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Epstein said the new rules will make scouting more important than ever, but wont necessarily change his approach to rebuilding the Cubs. "You have to get the evaluations right," Epstein said. "You have to answer the ultimate question: Which player is going to have the best career?" He said teams will have to get all the information correct -- the players makeup, the medical history and the statistical side right -- and that analysis will have to be even more refined because the margin for error has been reduced with spending limitations. "Be more accurate," he said. Heading into the winter meetings, the Cubs -- like most teams -- are seeking depth for their pitching staff. Epstein did say that lefty reliever Sean Marshall would likely stay in the bullpen because he is so valuable in that role. DeJesus, whose wife is from the Chicago area, has been living in the suburbs and keeping track of all the hype surrounding the arrival of Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. He didnt know quite as much about Sveum, but took a familiar path to educate himself. "I went on Wikipedia and looked him up," DeJesus said. "I saw that he had a lot of experience with managers who have won a lot of games." DeJesus, bothered by a thumb injury in 2010, pronounced himself healthy and is expected to be the Cubs leadoff hitter. He batted only .240 with the As last season. "It was a tough year but I learned a lot," he said. "Thats not the player I am. I know that." Adidas Superstar Weiß Schwarz .m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Vikings by 2 1/2RECORD VS. nike Air Max Zero Kaufen Online .This time, they took down one with a more impressive resume.Al Horford scored 21 points, including a huge jumper with just under a minute remaining, and the streaking Hawks won for the 10th time in 11 games with a 93-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. . Lets start off with Wendel Clarks brother, Kerry Clark, who does a pretty good one here. Theres also young AJ who even has the proper hand to head form nailed down. 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Martin was traded from Miami to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday night to play once more for Harbaugh, who publicly expressed his support of Martin last year and called him a "personal friend." The Dolphins announced the move late on the first day of NFL free agency. San Francisco then confirmed the trade, saying only that it would send an undisclosed draft choice to Miami and that Martin still must pass a physical to complete the deal. "Big news.... Beyond Blessed ... Opportunities are few in the NFL... Cant wait to get to work #9erEmpire," Martin posted on Twitter. The 24-year-old Martins move should be a simple one considering hes already in town — back on the Stanford campus taking classes. "This is great for him to get back on the field and hes in Palo Alto right now. It couldnt be much better," his agent, Ken Zuckerman, said in a phone interview. "I just think everyone wanted this to happen. Harbaugh knows Jonathan, I think the Dolphins were compensated and Jonathan wants to get back on the field. Its a good day." An investigation for the NFL determined last month that Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. "As far as that situation, theres only one thing I can intelligently comment on and thats knowing Jonathan Martin," Harbaugh said in November. "I know him to be a fine person and his family. ... (He) epitomizes the student-athlete model and a personal friend. I support Jonathan." The trade capped a busy first day for the 49ers, who lost to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game. Martin left the Dolphins in late October, underwent counselling for emotional issues and alleged he was harassed by teammates. 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The investigation for the NFL found a pattern of harassment on the Dolphins, with Martin the primary target of vicious taunts and racist insults that occurred almost daily. The report said teammates threatened to rape Martins sister, called him a long list of slurs and bullied him for not being "black enough." Martin is black and Incognito is white. The troubled relationship between Martin and Incognito drew national scrutiny and stirred a debate about bullying. Martin said he tried to be friends with Incognito despite their diverse backgrounds. Martin was a classics major at Stanford, while Incognito, 30, was kicked off his team at Nebraska and went on to develop a reputation as one of the NFLs dirtiest players. Martin, who protected Andrew Lucks blind side at Stanford, was a second-round draft pick by Miami in 2012. He became a starter as a rookie but struggled at times while being shuffled between right and left tackle. Last year he was part of a line that allowed a franchise-record 58 sacks. The Dolphins began revamping their line Tuesday by agreeing to terms with Pro Bowl left tackle Braden Albert. Martin has two years remaining on his contract and has a base salary of $824,933 this year. Pro Bowl centre Mike Pouncey is the only offensive lineman involved in the bullying scandal still on Miamis roster. AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report. cheap nfl Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys cheap nfl Jerseys wholesale Jerseys ' ' '


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