Cobb, 30, rejected a $ million qualifying offer from the Rays last month. He made a successful comeback in his first full season post-Tommy John surgery and is reportedly seeking a four-year deal, which has the potential to keep the Cubs’ core rotation intact for the next 2-3 years. Granted, the righty’s recent history of elbow injuries doesn’t exactly make him a sure thing for any rotation, and the Cubs still appear to be up against several other suitors, including the Yankees. Should they manage to ink him to a contract prior to Monday’s free agent frenzy in Orlando (giving up their second-highest draft pick and $500,000 in international bonus pool money to do so), Levine notes that it could give them some added leverage as they try to secure more pitching depth over the coming week.
Bruno Sammartino , the longest reigning WWWF World Heavyweight Champion , was once critical of the Hall of Fame. Sammartino disapproved of celebrity inductees such as Pete Rose and William Perry , and said of the ceremony: "What's the point to a Hall of Fame? Is it a building I can actually go to? No. Give me a break".  Sammartino declined previous induction offers, before accepting in 2013. Paul "Triple H" Levesque said that it was important for Sammartino to be inducted from a "legitimacy standpoint" and ESPN said that his induction is an opportunity to legitimize the Hall of Fame.  After being announced as an inductee, Sammartino said he considers the Hall to be legitimate.