It may seem like the quiet time of the baseball year, but there was plenty going on around here this weekend …
Friday, January 22
- The Cubs have some very popular players, and I think that’s probably really good for baseball as a whole.
- The most interesting realistic Cubs rumor in a while: there’s a chance they could still bring Austin Jackson back.
- A bummer of a report, as the Venezuelan Summer League is shutting down.
- The latest from the Lukewarm Stove, including those persistent Cubs/Rays rumors.
- Jason Heyward had him some serious range in right field last year.
- Cubs fans really love the Ricketts Family.
- One major ranking service has a certain Chicago Cubs prospect as the best behind the plate in all of baseball.
Saturday, January 23
- As Friday turned into Saturday, word broke: the Mets are bringing Yoenis Cespedes back after all, and his contract is really interesting.
- Although the big moves are likely done, even Jed Hoyer acknowledges some smaller moves are still coming.
- Questions about the upcoming plaza at Wrigley Field continue, this time from nervous bar owners.
- John Lackey could have received a lot more money to sign elsewhere, but he picked the Cubs, and things look good for his near future.
- Speaking of a pitcher’s future with the Cubs, Carl Edwards, Jr. could still be very good – though Jason McLeod had some very specific thoughts on how he gets there.
Sunday, January 24
- Among Sunday’s Bullets, a Padres prospect out there and available, and positivity (already) about the Cubs’ draft.
- Luis has some fun with the designated hitter rumors, and looks at how the Cubs would fare with the rule in place.
- Here’s a name you don’t hear nearly as much now as you did a year ago: Arismendy Alcantara. Talking about why, and what comes next for him.
- Michael looked at Trevor Cahill’s performance with the Cubs, and pondered how much we can trust that it was really legit.
- Kris Bryant and Jake Arrieta received their hardware, and you can watch a bit of their acceptance speeches.