The Cubs’ Cactus League stranglehold is now imperiled. Yu Darvish got his usual strikeouts.
Off He Goes: Jake Arrieta Signs with Phillies, Three Years and $75 Million (UPDATE: With Some Creative Terms)
The Phillies get a great short-term deal, Arrieta gets a huge AAV, and the Cubs get a draft pick.
His power matches his speed.
REPORT: Jake Arrieta Expected to Sign in “Next Couple Days”, Phillies the Favorite (UPDATES: PHI Reportedly Agree)
That would make plenty of sense.
Everyone is all set for 2018, though the Cubs did have to make the rare renewal.
This is just lovely.
Brypiece is playing third base today, with Rizpiece at first base. As in, on the actual lineup list.
Do not click if you aren’t able to watch an Eloy Jimenez homer against the Cubs.
Another disappointed free agent, no doubt. And it takes another pitching-needy team off the board for other free agents.
Lester Looked Great, Black Returns, Freeman for MVP, Scaring Players Into Extensions, and Other Bullets
Bonus: a video of Jon Lester striking out Luis Valbuena, who, yes, flips his bat.
Baez will not be playing today.
Cubs win again thanks to a super efficient Lester and plenty of pop. Fun one today.
The Cubs’ 26-year-old star third baseman is taking on some leadership.
That thing left the park faster like a laser beam.
I guess everybody really is in. Welcome back Denorfia and Murton!
I really tried to think of how it could work after seeing that Mike Moustakas deal, but I just don’t see it.
No surprises on the first cut list.
We talk about Happ leading off a lot, but his ability on defense is going to be a huge part of actually making that happen.
I am strongly encouraged that everything with Baez is just fine.
It would be the first major move in a while, though I’d expect the Royals are getting a bargain.
The Cubs cannot be stopped this Spring.
Javy Baez Leaves Game with Trainer After Running Out a Double (UPDATE: Baez Says He’s Fine, Hopes to Play Saturday)
One report indicated that he grabbed at his hamstring.
Tyler Chatwood and a lot of regulars today.
The Padres, like a lot of teams probably, are just looking for a bargain.