The Good Things on the Pitching Side, Caratini the Back-Up, Remaining Free Agents, and Other Bullets

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The Good Things on the Pitching Side, Caratini the Back-Up, Remaining Free Agents, and Other Bullets

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Forgive me for now doing something I almost never do. I’m not sure I’ve ever done this particular thing, actually. Thanks to my fight back from Arizona landing at about 2 am, I knew there was just no way I was going to be able to get up at a reasonable time, visit with my family as much as I desperately want to, and then also do the Bullets. So my health and wellness options were to skip the Bullets entirely for Sunday, or to do what I am instead doing: scheduling them the night before.

Hopefully nothing below is too terribly dated by the time you’re reading this (about eight hours after I click ‘schedule’), but if it is, now you know …

  • Everything remains so-far-so-good on Yu Darvish’s ramp up for the season, which is also serving dually as a modest rehab of sorts (he did have elbow surgery in September after missing most of last season, you see). To that end, this is good to have confirmed:

  • More from Bastian, as this is a really good discussion about something we fans often take for granted about guys asked to do this:

  • Joe Maddon remains confident in Victor Caratini as the Cubs’ primary back-up catcher, though he already felt that way last year:

  • Carlos Gonzalez finally found a deal with the outfield-needy Indians:

  • Generally, position players seem not to be as impacted by these very late signings that cost them much of Spring Training, so, in that regard, he’ll probably be fine. With CarGo, the issue is much more likely to be his sub-100 wRC+ the last two years, his age (33), and his persistently ugly splits outside Coors Field (.251/.307/.420 for his otherwise very productive career).
  • Other unsigned players:

  • I laughed:

  • Just something to share:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.