Cubs News and Rumors
Cubs area scout Ty Nichols was named the organization’s Scout of the Year at a banquet held Wednesday night in Chicago. Nichols covers Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota.......Former Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox and an invite to spring training.
Venezuelan Winter League
On the final day of round robin play, Magallanes (10-6) scored two runs in bottom of ninth, including the game-winner on a sacrifice fly by Luis Nunez, for a 4-3 win over Zulia (6-10)........Aragua scored a run in the ninth to tie the game and then added four more in the 11th to beat La Guaria 6-2. 1B Willson Contreras (.211) had two singles and scored twice in the win.......The best-of-seven championship series begins Saturday between Magallanes and Caribes.
Dominican Winter League
Day off in the championship series with Gigantes leading Estrellas 3-2 in the best-of-nine series.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Jalisco tied the series at a game apiece with a 5-0 win over Culiacan in the Mexican League championships. Former Cub farmhand Marquez Smith (2007-11) went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in the win.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Day off in the best-of-seven series with Mayaguez and Santurce tied at one game apiece.