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  • Patriots ask Chad Ochocinco to restructure deal

    Mark J. Miller at Scoop Du Jour2 yrs ago

    New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco had career lows of 15 receptions, 276 yards and one touchdown last season, and the team is on the hook for a $3 million base salary in 2012 and 2013.

    The Patriots would like to find a way to change that financial burden, though. Sports Business Journal reports that the team has gone to the six-time Pro Bowler to ask if he will restructure his contract at all. Details of the proposal remain unclear, NESN notes.

    Ochocinco joined the Pats after spending a decade with the Cincinnati Bengals. For his career, he's had 766 receptions for 11,059 yards and 68 touchdowns.

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  • Cubs looking to sign Matt Garza long-term?

    Mark J. Miller at Scoop Du Jour2 yrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs were said to be listening to trade offers for starting pitcher Matt Garza this offseason, but the team apparently didn't like any of them because the word is now that the team wants to sign the 28-year-old to a long-term deal even though he can't become a free agent till after the 2013 season, according to CSN Chicago.

    "We have a good relationship with Matt," GM Jed Hoyer said, according to the site. "We need more Matt Garzas. We'll sit down to talk to him about a deal. We're hoping to get something worked out, but you never know and we'll keep it private when we do."

    Garza joined the Cubs last offseason when the team traded five prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays for the man who had pitched a no-hitter in 2010. For Chicago, he went 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 198 innings.

    "It's a huge compliment to be wanted by other teams, but at the same time, you want to be in Chicago to turn things around," Garza told CSN. "I fell in love with the city, the ballpark, the fans."

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