Guys got all fancy today for Picture Day.
The Cubs are squeezing in a competitive advantage while also doing the right thing
I am digging this, and I’m ready to focus on this team as constructed.
Jon Lester on the Commissioner’s Trophy: “It’s a Very, Very Special Thing That He Brought Down Quite Significantly”
It’s more than a dang “piece of metal.”
The game of adjustments. Bryant is always working to improve.
Markakis thinks the Astros got off way too easy and says they “need a beating.”
If the Cubs were to shop a guy like Jose Quintana or Tyler Chatwood, the Angels could be an option after the scuttled Ross Stripling trade.
It remains to be seen what role Souza will have with the Cubs, but he’s got a good attitude.
It’s been a winter of cheap-but-useful additions for the Brewers.
The full squad is assembled, with workouts underway.
It’s not a direct shot at Joe Maddon to say that elements of the clubhouse were no longer working, and that David Ross is now a better fit.
The Cubs’ owner gets into the financial weeds just enough to keep it interesting.
There’s no reason to freak just yet that there isn’t a deal, but it’s also not a lock that it happens before the season.
Commissioner Speaks: No Player Punishment, Red Sox Investigation, Rays Tampa-Montreal Plan, MiLB Raises, More
The commissioner wants the Astros scandal behind him as quickly as possible.
Castellanos on the Cubs’ Math Test, Big Love for Cubs Prospects, Darvish is King, and Other Cubs Bullets
Dang it’s gonna suck seeing this guy on the Reds. Also, Yu Darvish is the best.
This won’t entirely put rumors to bed, but it is definitely a line of demarcation.
This is not only great news on its own, but it’s also a huge domino.
Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Bring Umps for Live BP, Baez Accountability, Catching Drills, Morrow, More
The intensity is already a little different in Mesa this year for the Cubs.
Javy Baez Talks About Player Preparedness and Togetherness the Last Two Years – It Doesn’t Sound Great
We keep getting more and more of a window into how things had turned in the clubhouse.
Little bits from around Cubs camp today.
Carlos Correa tried to defend Jose Altuve by talking about his “terrible tattoo,” but man, this just isn’t going anywhere.
Supporting Almora, ARod Owning Mets, Mikolas Arm Concerns, Phillies Phinances, and Other Cubs Bullets
Almora was not in a good place last year, and you wonder if he was getting the support he needed.
Bryant was emphatic that he never turned down a huge extension from the Cubs.
We’ll hear from Bryant in a bit, I’d imagine, but I think the chances of a trade before the season are now approaching zero.
Can things be reconciled with the Rockies, though?
I am very happy to see this as a show of good faith.
Bringing in catchers from certain organizations – I wonder if there’s a pitcher development angle.
It is certainly interesting how public, and undenied, the Arenado-Bryant rumors have become.
Hendricks is always good, but you can also strive for even better health – because you never know how much impact that could have on performance.
It would be nice to see Almora succeed this year, but it’s an uphill climb.
All Kimbrel can do is what he normally does. What happens in the regular season remains to be seen.
The Captain is voicing his concerns, and it’s more than fair that he does so.
Cubs Still Have Talent, Early Lineup Thoughts, Dodgers Hilariously Stacked, Nico Ripped, and Other Bullets
This isn’t supposed to be about comparing the Cubs and Dodgers, though I guess there’s a chart that makes it humorous to do so.
Villain status: cemented.
“These discussions are real.” Things are so bad between Colorado and Arenado right now, the Cubs might still be trying to pounce.