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It’s not clear whether or not Craig Kimbrel is going to take the ball in a save situation for the Chicago Cubs on Saturday or the near future, should such a situation occur. The team’s manager, David Ross was asked on Saturday about the situation and NBC Chicago writer Maddie Lee reported on Twitter that his response left the door open to a change.

“I’m not sure on that yet. But I’ll get back to you on that one,” Ross said. When he was pressed on whether or not he was thinking about demoting Kimbrel, he wouldn’t say yes or no. “I’m in the middle of conversations with Craig, so we’ll have those with him before I talk to you guys.”

Brett Taylor of Bleacher Nation said reporters asking about whether or not Kimbrel is going to stay the closer, even this early in the season, makes sense. While the Cubs are 5-2 so far this year, there are only 53 contests left, assuming a Thursday rainout is made up. If it’s not, there are only 52 left.

He added that with every game being as important as they are in 2020, big changes can and should be made quickly. That’s especially true with someone like Kimbrel who has struggled already this year but, also struggled quite a bit in 2019.

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The pressure got turned up from fans this summer when he walked four batters and allowed two earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning in his first start. He followed that up on Friday night by allowing two hits – both home runs – in an inning of work. Overall, he has a 27.00 earned run average and a 4.50 WHIP this season.

Those outings are a follow up to career-worst numbers in 2019 in a variety of different categories. Injuries and not signing until June led to him appearing in the lowest number of games since his rookie year. Despite that, he surrendered nine home runs, the most he’s ever allowed in a single season.

Kimbrel’s elevated homers allowed rate is reportedly one of the reasons the Cubs appear to be considering a change at the closer position, according to Taylor. The writer added it’s not known what will happen the next time a save chance does pop up for the team.

Taylor doesn’t believe Ross is convinced the ball should be handed to Kimbrel, but the “conversations” apparently aren’t completed just yet. Kimbrel’s squad is currently in first place in the NL Central, and that has analysts thinking the final decision needs to be made quickly.

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Condé Nast could face combat in bid to go away WTC workplaces

Shiny journal empire Condé Nast is trying to transfer its headquarters out of the World Commerce Middle — a shock shift that insiders say may spur a knockdown, drag-out battle with its landlords.

The writer of Vogue, Vainness Honest and The New Yorker — which solely completed transferring into digs that span 21 flooring at One World Commerce Middle in 2014 — is scouting out Midtown for a possible new house, sources instructed The Submit.

Late Tuesday, Condé Nast’s guardian firm Advance Publications confirmed to The Submit that it’s “in discussions about bringing the lease at One World Commerce Middle into line with present market situations and its ongoing wants at this location.”

Accordingly, the writer stated it “is contemplating various places to handle these necessities.”

The issue: The lease at One World Commerce Middle, signed in 2011 with hire funds beginning in 2014, runs till 2039. The Port Authority, which owns 90 p.c of the 1,776-foot-tall spire, has been stung by coronavirus-related income losses and might’t afford to provide away the shop.

Insiders add that Douglas Durst’s firm, the minority managing companion, tasks a cheerful public face however turns road fighter when the chips are down — as in its latest bare-knuckles battle with Amazon over an aborted deal on West 34th Road for a a lot smaller house than Condé has downtown.

Neither the PA nor Durst is in any temper to let the embattled media firm simply decide up its shiny titles and depart, in accordance with sources.

“They’re going to dig in like hell,” predicted an actual property insider who’s not concerned with both the media firm or the WTC.

“They gave Condé Nast the moon to maneuver there. Now, six years later, Condé says, ‘Effectively, we will’t afford it any extra and Anna [Wintour] doesn’t prefer it any extra, so we’re out of there?’ ” the manager snorted.

Reps for each the PA and Durst issued icy “no feedback.” Condé Nast’s real-estate brokers at JLL wouldn’t speak both.

Condé Nast’s homeowners, the Newhouse household, have been hailed as heroes in 2011 for deciding to maneuver the glamorous firm to struggling downtown.

Even so, the Conde lease was extensively criticized as a “sweetheart” deal utilizing public cash to revive confidence in decrease Manhattan and the World Commerce Middle after the exit of corporations after 9/11. Its beginning hire at One World Commerce of $60 a sq. foot was the identical it paid at its earlier house, Durst’s 4 Instances Sq. — a 1999 constructing that was superior for its time however not in the identical class as iconic One World Commerce.

To coax Condé downtown, the PA agreed to reimburse Durst for the complete remaining $200 million value of its 800,000-square-foot Instances Sq. lease till its 2019 expiration. It additionally promised Condé $46 million in tax rebates over the WTC lease time period amongst different goodies.

Regardless of the benefits, Condé started unloading a few of its 1.2 million sq. ft at One World Commerce in 2019. It tapped JLL to sublease 350,000 sq. ft, together with almost 100,000 sq. ft for which it shortly signed subtenants.

Apparently that wasn’t sufficient for money-losing Condé, which shut a number of magazines earlier than the pandemic and has furloughed and laid off tons of of ­workers since.

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