It happens every year around this time: the weekends, in terms of coverage around here, start to look a lot like the weekdays. When I grab my computer (after checking my phone) and walk away from the family (as I did frequently this weekend), I mutter, “sorry, news” and The Wife says, “Tis the season.”
Indeed it is – and if you were a better family-person than I this weekend, and missed out on the news, here’s a run-down of the biggest items so that you can catch up:
Friday, May 30
- I’ll assume you were still around for most of the morning stuff, but one thing I don’t think you should miss, in case you weren’t: here’s a look at Jake Arrieta’s (possibly) evolving approach this year, which has made him (so far) something of a groundball stud.
- The full Cubs/rooftops contract was revealed, and I took a lengthy former-lawyer stab at analyzing some of the issues therein.
- WGN America is proceeding with its plan to become a full-on cable channel, which means, yes, it will be dropping local Chicago sports, including the Cubs.
Saturday, May 31
- The Cardinals finally promoted top prospect Oscar Taveras (likely avoiding Super Two – not that a top-notch organization like St. Louis would worry about such a petty thing, right?), and he hit a homer in his first game. Because of course.
- Chicago Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney revealed that he has received a five-year extension. The Cubs-related Internet world reacted with well-thought-out, well-supported, non-reactionary opinions.
- We discussed Kris Bryant’s near-term future, and when he might finally be promoted to AAA.
- One mock draft discussed the Cubs’ “dream scenario” – Carlos Rodon falling to four – and believes it’s actually possible.
Sunday, June 1
- Top international signee from last year Eloy Jimenez was reportedly assigned to the Dominican Summer League.
- The Cubs offered to take the bullpen relocation plan off the table for now if it’s going to be an approval problem for the overall renovation/expansion at Wrigley Field, and I dug into how things should (“should”) proceed from here.
- Luke looked back at the 2012 draft – the first of the new CBA era, and first for the new front office with the Cubs – for instruction on how this year’s iteration might play out.
- The Marlins and Pirates got together on a draft pick trade, which is both interesting and instructive for a number of reasons.