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The Chicago Cubs are closing in on a deal to sign former Arizona Cardinals outfielder Steven Souza. The agreement, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, will be on a major-league contract with Souza likely earning a spot on the team’s 2020 roster.

Souza missed the entire 2019 season after suffering a devastating knee injury in spring training. The veteran outfielder suffered a torn ACL and LCL with a partial tear of his PCL and posterior-lateral capsule, which resulted in him spending the past year rehabilitating the injury and building strength in his knee.

Before suffering the injury, the 30-year-old was one of MLB’s top outfielders on the rise. He hit 30 home runs with a .810 OPS and 16 stolen bases in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Rays. While he struggled in 2018 with the Arizona Cardinals, the club hoped he would rebound last season.

If Souza’s knee is completely healthy, he could prove to be an excellent addition for the Cubs. While he has played eight games in center field in his career, he’ll likely see time in the corner outfield for Chicago.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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Can you name the managers to lead each MLB franchise to its last World Series?

An asterisk (*) indicates the team won the World Series that season. The Seattle Mariners have never reached the World Series.

ARZ / 2001*
Bob Brenly
ATL / 1999
Bobby Cox
BAL / 1983*
Joe Altobelli
BOS / 2018*
Alex Cora
CHC / 2016*
Joe Maddon
CHW / 2005*
Ozzie Guillen
CIN / 1990*
Lou Piniella
CLE / 2016
Terry Francona
COL / 2007
Clint Hurdle
DET / 2012
Jim Leyland
HOU / 2019
A.J. Hinch
KC / 2015*
Ned Yost
LAA / 2002*
Mike Scioscia
LAD / 2018
Dave Roberts
MIA / 2003*
Jack McKeon
MIL / 1982
Harvey Kuenn
MIN / 1991*
Tom Kelly
NYM / 2015
Terry Collins
NYY / 2009*
Joe Girardi
OAK / 1990
Tony La Russa
PHI / 2009
Charlie Manuel
PIT / 1979*
Chuck Tanner
SD / 1998
Bruce Bochy
SF / 2014*
Bruce Bochy
STL / 2013
Mike Matheny
TB / 2008
Joe Maddon
TEX / 2011
Ron Washington
TOR / 1993*
Cito Gaston
WAS / 2019*
Dave Martinez

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