That turned into an extremely busy March weekend, eh? Catch yourself up on the headlines here if you ducked out.
Friday, March 9
- Among Friday’s Bullets, the defensive ability within Ian Happ’s versatility could take another step forward this year.
- Tommy La Stella took his prank war with the front office to the next level, parking a bounce house in their spots.
- Lots of Cubs pitching prospect notes to get into, including love for the guys at the top.
- Facebook secured the exclusive rights to 25 MLB games this year.
- The Cubs cut 13 from big league camp.
- In a bit of analysis that would prove not only correct but also entirely academic, I couldn’t see Jake Arrieta winding up back with the Cubs on a one-year deal.
- Old friends return, as Matt Murton and Chris Denorfia have joined the front office.
- Kris Bryant is now the Cubs’ MLBPA rep.
- A couple free agents came off the board on one-year deals, with Carlos Gonzalez returning to the Rockies and Jonathan Lucroy heading out to join the A’s.
- The Cubs won their Friday Cactus League game 6-1 behind the power bats and Jon Lester. One of those power bats was Kyle Schwarber, who ripped an LOL-caliber homer.
Saturday, March 10
- Despite his earlier comments that he was 100 percent, Javy Baez’s hamstring was still bothering him this weekend and he had an MRI.
- Among Saturday’s Bullets, Jon Lester looking great, some early Spring numbers, and young players getting scared into extensions.
- Jed Hoyer said the Cubs nailed the offseason, and Michael went about fact-checking.
- Lance Lynn became the next free agent to settle for a one-year deal, signing with the Twins.
Sunday, March 11
- The day started off sufficiently slowly with a look at the Cubs’ split-squad action from the day before.
- Some Cubs players read letters from young fans, and it was lovely.
- And then the Cubs came to agreements with their pre-arb players, but had to renew Ian Happ.
- And Kyle Schwarber homered in a game the Cubs lost.
- But the big, big story of the day was Jake Arrieta finally signing, ultimately landing with the Phillies.