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Cubs spending despite recession

Updated: January 14, 2009, 7:47 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has been busy this offseason and he expects the team's 2009 payroll to be a bit higher than last year, despite the national recession.

"We're in a situation that's a little unique," Hendry said Wednesday during a stop on the club's winter caravan. "Even in the situation in the country and the ownership situation up for grabs and the Tribune declaring bankruptcy, our payroll went up slightly."

Chicago's payroll last season was $130.5 million, ...

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