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With Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still unsigned, Cubs players voice concern

MESA, Ariz. - Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo joked Monday he came up with a plan for the Cubs to sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.

"So this is what happened," Rizzo said. "I offered him half of my 12 (million) that I'm making this year. But he turned it down. Put that report out."

Harper or Machado?

"Both," he said. "Three (million each). I split it in half."

As Cubs camp got into full swing with position players reporting, the free-agent freeze continues to be on everyone's mind.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts flat-out said there's been no collusion between owners.

"I can say that's not the case," he said. "I don't think there is any collusion. I have no idea what's going on with the

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