Weekend Catch-Up: Baker’s Back, New Signings, Cardinals Frustration, Rumors, More

bn baseball featureThe holidays are on the horizon, but there was still plenty going on this weekend …

Friday, December 18

  • John Baker is back with the Cubs’ organization, and that’s awesome.
  • Friday’s Bullets got into a range of things, including the extremes of the NL and the possibilities in the Cubs’ outfield defense.
  • Luke dug into Albert Almora’s down-then-up 2015 season, and it’s a great read.
  • The Cubs signed another potential reliever to a minor league deal.
  • The latest from the Lukewarm Stove, with rumors on the Dodgers, moves by the Pirates, and more. Speaking of the Dodgers, they did not sign Hisashi Iwakuma after all – the Mariners did.
  • Saturday, December 19

  • Javier Baez has made his debut in center field in Puerto Rico.
  • The Cardinals have missed out on their prime targets this offseason, and are reportedly talking to the Rays about pitchers.
  • Swapping out Starlin Castro for Ben Zobrist does the Cubs well in 2016, by projections anyway.
  • Sunday, December 20

  • Looking back, the Cubs were both good and lucky last year – and, in case they aren’t lucky again next year, they need to make sure to be good.
  • The Cubs signed a couple outfielder to minor league deals.
  • Mike Matheny responded to Jason Heyward’s comments on why he chose the Cubs over the Cardinals, and Matheny wasn’t exactly feeling it.
  • And we closed down the weekend with the latest from the rumor mill, including bits on Jorge Soler, Ender Inciarte, and more.
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    Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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