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Joe Maddon says Cubs must be 'prepared mentally' for the possibility that Zobrist won't return

CHICAGO - The elation in the Cubs clubhouse over the Craig Kimbrel signing overshadowed the possibility that Ben Zobrist's days as a Cub may be over.

After the Cubs reportedly used money saved from Zobrist's contract to give Kimbrel a three-year, $43 million deal, should we assume Zobrist is unlikely to return?

"I don't think you should operate under that assumption," manager Joe Maddon said Thursday. "I have not been in contact with him a

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