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Weekend Catch-Up: Fowler, Scherzer, Convention, Prospects, More

Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors

bn baseball featureFor those of you who had the day off yesterday to honor MLK Day, and, in turn, extended your weekend, I thought it worth doing a morning catch-up today. Well, and also because yesterday wound up being a little bit crazy and fairly exciting.


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Friday, January 16

  • The Cubs Convention kicked off, so the weekend was actually a bit fractured for me, in terms of coverage (especially because the overwhelming popularity of the Convention this year meant very little internet availability on-site). But there was still a good bit of interesting stuff later in the day on Friday. For example, Ben Badler indicated that, for him, personally, the Cubs have four of the top twenty prospects in all of baseball.
  • There was a fresh Lukewarm Stove, much of which was mooted by the flurry of activity yesterday. But you can see the chronology.
  • The Cubs avoided arbitration with all of their eligible players except Pedro Strop. It seemed like there were fewer pre-salary-exchange settlements this year than in the past, so the Cubs had a pretty good ratio, locking down six of seven.

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Saturday, January 17

  • I could manage only a very short-burst set of Bullets on Saturday morning, but there was some important stuff in there, including Starlin Castro moving to Arizona, and the Ricketts Family buying three rooftops.
  • Speaking of the Ricketts Family, they had their panel at the Convention first thing on Saturday.
  • The other Saturday panels yielded some interesting bits, most notably the business panel confirming that the bleachers will not be open this year until May.

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Sunday, January 18

  • The Convention wound down, with its final day on Sunday.
  • In the afternoon/evening, rumors started to swirl that top free agent Max Scherzer was approaching a deal. True story: I was driving home from Chicago when that was happening, and I actually stopped at a McDonald’s in the middle of nowhere so that I could write it up.

Monday, January 19


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.