We’ve got a couple days worth of Cubs news to catch up on. On Wednesday, the team announced they had signed Nate Schierholtz to a one-year deal for $2.25M. He’s projected to be the starting right fielder headed into 2013, meaning David DeJesus will man center field alongside Soriano in left.

On Thursday, the team officially announced they’d reached an agreement with Japanese reliever Kyuji “The Colonel” Fujikawa, although the terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. The Colonel will introduced during a press conference sometime today.

The team also claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 draft. Rondon has a history of elbow problems, but Jed Hoyer is clearly optimistic about his ability to contribute throughout the season on the 40-man roster. (The article also mentions that the Cubs lost pitchers Starling Peralta and Alvido Jimenez, along with outfielder Michael Burgess and infielder Matt Cerda as Rule 5 selections.)

And in one more move Thursday, the Cubs found an interesting way to set fire to $2M.

ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine recaps the Cubs recent moves and hints at one that still might happen.

Former Cubs outfielder and fan favorite Reed Johnson signed a new deal with the Atlanta Braves.

In the wake of the recent news that Alex Rodriguez would miss at least the first half of the season, the Yankees have reportedly offered former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis $12M for one year in the pinstripes. Things didn’t really end on great terms between Youkilis and the Boston front office, but don’t be surprised if he’s still got too much Sox in him to take the mercenary deal.

Elsewhere in the sporting world, the Broncos continued their charge to the postseason, rolling over the hapless Raiders 26-13. The game wasn’t as close as the score might indicate–I could only watch about a half hour of the lopsided action before Oakland’s ineptitude became yawn-inducing.

The NFL is mulling a rule change that would effectively do away with kickoffs. I think it’s a self-evidently terrible idea–what say you?

Another self-evidently bad idea? Letting Vikings’ linebacker Chad Greenway plan your next trip to the ballpark.

Sad news here for us hockey fans: it seems Garry Bettman is content–perhaps even eager–to cancel the whole NHL season. Rumors had been trickling out all week that a reconciliation was getting closer, but the news Thursday afternoon makes it sound like we’re as far from an agreement as we’ve been yet.

And because we probably shouldn’t go out on a downer note like that, here are the ten most expensive parking spots in the world.

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