The final weekend of Spring Training is in the books, and catch yourself up on any of the headlines you may have missed …
Friday, March 23
- Kris Bryant sees this year’s club as maybe being even better than the 2016 team.
- Bryant also said the Cubs might have eight MVP candidates, which, that’s probably a bridge too far, but it’s fun to consider.
- The Brewers reportedly tried to land Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb. But, you know.
- Jed Hoyer got into a range of topics, and even took over the Cubs’ Twitter account.
- The Cubs confirmed that they’ll go with eight relievers to start the season.
- The front office pranked Tommy La Stella in the middle of the game.
- News from around the league, including a big hit in the St. Louis bullpen.
- The Cubs won on Friday, but lost Peter Bourjos to free agency (well, they let him go).
- Ian Happ hit yet another leadoff homer, and Kyle Schwarber made a bumblin’, tumblin’ catch.
Saturday, March 24
- The Giants lost Madison Bumgarner, the Cubs lost a couple relief prospects, and other Bullets.
- The Cubs made the surprising announcement that Victor Caratini – not Chris Gimenez – would be the team’s backup catcher to open the season.
- In his leadoff at bat Saturday night, Ian Happ homered, because of course he did.
Sunday, March 25
- Closing down Sloan, Rizzo’s dinger, and other Bullets.
- As for that surprising decision to roll with Victor Caratini as the backup catcher to open the season, Joe Maddon offered up his reasons.
- The Cubs won their Cactus League finale over the Royals.
- The Phillies signed a top positional prospect to a six-year deal with three option years in conjunction with announcing that he’s made the Opening Day roster. Interesting.
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