Cubs Jan. 8 Notebook

Sloan Park is the new name at the Cubs Spring Training field in Mesa as the Chicago-based company and the North Siders announced the agreement. The Cubs also made its deal with WGN-TV official as well as a winter league recap.

Cubs Park gets new name
The Cubs keep cashing in. On Thursday they announced their sixth Legacy partner as Sloan Valve Company became the naming right partner of the Cubs Spring Training facility in Mesa. The Chicago-based company is a leading global manufacture of water-efficient solutions for 109 years. In addition to the Spring Training facility naming rights, Sloan will have a branding presence at Wrigley Field, including fixed signage on the visiting team's bullpen. "We're pleased to partner with another Chicago-based, family-owned company with over a century of rich history to provide clean and sustainable water solutions for our facilities," said Cubs Chairman Tom Rickets in a pre-pared release. "Sloan is passionate about providing intelligent water solutions to the communities we serve. We are excited to have a major presence both in Chicago and Mesa to authentically convey the message of water sustainability," said Sloan President Jim Allen. Sloan becomes the sixth Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.

Cubs and WGN make it official
The Chicago Cubs and Tribune Broadcasting's WGN-TV made it official, announcing a new five-year agreement under which the local station will televise 45 games annually beginning with the 2015 season. This new agreement continues a broadcasting partnership that spans more than 60 years. Specific terms of the agreement were not released. As part of the new agreement, broadcasters Jim Deshaies and Len Kasper will become employees of the Chicago Cubs after previously being employed through WGN-TV. "Cubs fans have grown accustomed to watching Cubs baseball on WGN since 1948, so we are pleased to continue this longstanding tradition through our new broadcast agreement," said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said in a prepared release. "We are very excited to begin a new chapter of Cubs baseball with WGN and welcome Jim Deshaies and Len Kasper, two of the best broadcasters in the business, as teammates in our organization."

Venezuelan Winter League
Round-robin play continues as Zulia (3-2) moved into a first-place tie with Caribes (3-2) with a 1-0 win. No Cubs prospects saw action in the game.....Aragua down Magallanes 3-1. Rubi Silva was used a defensive replacement in the 9th for Aragua and Jonathan Herrera walked and scored Magallanes’ only run.

Dominican Winter League
Gigantes (8-2) continues to rack up wins with a 8-6 win over Aguilas (4-6). Toros (4-6) beat Estrellas (4-6) 3-2 despite a homer by Junior Lake. The Cubs’ outfielder finished 1-for-4 in the loss...Manny Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Aguilas loss.

Mexican Pacific Winter League
Culiacan defeated Los Mochis 6-1 to clinch their best of seven series 4-2. Mexicali won its second straight and forced a game seven with a 9-0 win over Obregon. 3B Christian Villanueva was 1-for-3 with a double in the loss. The deciding game is tonight.

Puerto Rican Winter League
Had the day off. Santurce leads round-robin play at 4-1 with Mayaguez (2-3), Carolina (2-3) and Caguas (1-4) giving chase.

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