Actually, almost all of them are already in Mesa, getting ready for today’s big bunt tournament. Bryan LaHair and Anthony Rizzo are both eager to work hard, and Brett Jackson might have Jeremy Lin’s autograph.
Month: February 2012
Jed Hoyer on Clubhouse Confidential: Free Agents, Front Office Input on Game Management, In-Season Trades
The Chicago Cubs’ General Manager was on MLBN this evening talking about a range of subjects.
Who’s happy, who’s not, and what do all the men involved think about the conclusion of the long, long Theo Epstein compensation drama.
First? Second? Third? Fourth? Fifth? I could probably keep going. The Cubs’ batting order is going to be fertile ground for discussion this Spring, and beyond.
A Cubs fan has pulled a fast one on the Boston Red Sox, which is swell. Dale Sveum wants two lefties, the Cubs still want Jorge Soler, and Paul Maholm wants more oxygen.
Spread your wings and consume.
Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez unsurprisingly feature, but so does Matt Szczur.
The teams will swap PTBNLs at some point, but the ordeal is mostly over.
The big righty was a great reliever last year, but he wants to be a great starter this year.
Dale Sveum sounds like a Bryan LaHair fan, Ryan Dempster sounds ready to go, Yadier Molina sounds ready to leave the Cardinals, and Homer at the Bat.
Some comments today from the Cubs’ top pitching prospect could be cause for a tiny bit of alarm.
A fitter Marmol, with better mechanics and a refined repertoire, could return to form in 2012. That would be swell.
Garza was the star attraction this weekend in Mesa, and he was asked to speak on an impressively wide range of topics.
That gives them the 8th highest pool with which to work.
Marlon Byrd has a serious new tattoo, in which he tells the world a bit about himself and his attitude.
Sveum says Samardzija is “built to start.” Sveum is thrilled to be in Mesa, John Gaub’s back is ailing, and Jim Hendry is still a nice guy who had only modest success.
The Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations is excited to get back to baseball, and to start implementing “The Cubs’ Way.”
The former long-time Detroit Tigers lefty pitched rather poorly in AAA last year.
DeWitt can become a free agent this week if he wants. Boston may not be expecting a ton for Theo Epstein after all, Dale Sveum says the rotation is wide open, and the White Sox want Jorge Soler.
New $eating, patio$, and an LED $ign are all on the way. Those dollar signs were not $arcastic. A minor leaguer is suspended for PEDs, and a non-update on a Matt Garza extension.
Today marks the official start of 2012 Spring Training, even if very few players are actually going to report today.
Presumably, DeWitt will still head to Spring Training hoping to make the 25-man roster to start the year.
We’ve all seen the pattern. 2011 was a down year for Soto, so does that mean he’s a lock for a good year in 2012?
Zambrano is happy to be in Miami, but has no hard feelings toward the Cubs.
When exactly are the Cubs expected to be good? The Blake DeWitt situation should be resolved today, Spring Training is around the corner, and a chance to see Shiraz Rehman.
It seems all sources agree that a decision is coming within the next few days.