Cubs Spring Training is underway, which means there’s all the more to discuss, even on the weekends.
Friday, February 19
- Jason Heyward says things about defense, and I swoon.
- Joe Maddon was picked as the best manager in baseball. Duh.
- Theo Epstein on Schwarber, Soler, Russell, Almora, and more.
- Kris Bryant has tinkered with his swing a bit to cut down on the whiffs.
- A new pitcher for the Cubs, who signed Aaron Crow (and released Luis Cruz).
- MLBits, including crazy new baseball rules, and just how badly you’d hurt your team if you tried to play in MLB.
- Questions for Michael, answers from Michael – Addison Russell’s spot in the order, the roster crunch, and who leads the Cubs in homers, among other things.
- Bits from the day Cubs pitchers and catchers reported, officially, to Spring Training.
Saturday, February 20
- The Cubs and Joe Maddon are embracing the target this year. There’s no other way to do it.
- Theo Epstein extension talks: status quo. I try hard not to be concerned.
- Michael points out the lingering questions about the Cardinals and Pirates, which highlight the difference between the projections (tepid) and general pundit expectations (strong).
- Jed Hoyer says the Cubs are still monitoring the free agent market, because they might as well.
- The Cubs are planning to limit Jake Arrieta a bit to start the year, plus other Spring Training bits.
- The Orioles finally came to terms with Yovani Gallardo, which has Dexter Fowler implications.
Sunday, February 21
- It’s looking like it could be a two-year deal for the Orioles and Dexter Fowler.
- The Cubs are going to be able to do some good things this year behind the plate.
- Albert Almora gave a Q&A, and got into a bunch of fun and interesting stuff.
- Luis took a look at the flip-side of the Jorge Soler, pitcher trade rumors – that is to say, why it was never easy for the Cubs to consider moving Soler.
- Tommy Hottovy has a really interesting gig in the Cubs’ front office.
- Michael introduced folks to something he’s going to be doing over the next month and a half: watching tons of baseball movies.