No Minor League Reductions Please, Spring Training Losses, Brewers Fan Choice, and Other Cubs Bullets

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No Minor League Reductions Please, Spring Training Losses, Brewers Fan Choice, and Other Cubs Bullets

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I need a new book. I understand that I’m the problem – I’m extremely picky about what I’m interested in committing to read – but it just seems so hard to find, like, a category to peruse. As I type that, I realize there’s gotta be some site or algorithm out there where I can input books I like, and it’ll spit out recommendations, right?

•   Last night, Jeff Passan reported that, in its latest CBA proposal, MLB had requested the ability to reduce the stateside minor league roster cap from 180 players to 150 players (the ability to reduce would also include the ability to expand the roster cap, but that seems unlikely). Updating his report, Passan notes that MLB has sought this before, and the MLBPA has rejected it, which it is expected to do again this time.

•   If I had to guess, this request was pushed by a handful of owners/organizations that don’t want to maintain large minor league rosters ($$$), and the rest of the owners compromised to accept it so that other preferred elements could be included. That’s a reminder right there that the owners aren’t all entirely on the same page with every issue, and when you’ve gotta get at least 23 of 30 owner votes on the CBA, there will be negotiating EVEN WITHIN the ownership ranks.

•   Meanwhile, the workers and businesses that rely on Spring Training each year – the ones who’ve been crushed by two years of the pandemic – are about to get crushed again because of the lockout:

•   A whole lotta fans have foregone making Spring Training plans this year – me included – because there is no certainty about whether there will actually be a big league Spring Training happening when those plans would take place. So that stings for the fans – again, for a third straight year – and it stings for the local businesses and employees.

•   Bit of a wild, but real, situation developing for Brewers fans: they can root for their team to reach the World Series this year, or root to keep their rock star president after this season … but probably not both. Turns out, Brewers President David Stearns is signed through 2023, BUT he can opt out if the Brewers reach the World Series in 2022. If that happens, it just seems so obvious that the Mets and Steve Cohen would make Stearns, who grew up in New York as a Mets fan, an offer he could not refuse.

•   I’m assuming Brewers fans would choose the World Series? That’s roughly a 50/50 shot at a championship, and it’s not a *guarantee* that Stearns would leave (he almost certainly would, though), or that his replacement wouldn’t be just as successful. I mean, the whole point of having a rockstar president is to get you to the World Series in the first place. Am I off base on this?

•   Check out the logo for Dominic Smith’s high school team, the Cavs:

•   Future Cub, confirmed. I joke, but the Mets really might deal Smith after the lockout ends, given their positional glut on guys who are mostly bat-only and their desire to add another starting pitcher. Not sure the Cubs could really help them on that front, but I do really like Smith’s potential as a buy-low candidate coming off a really down 2021 (but with huge signs of breakout potential in 2019-20, and he’s just 26).

•   A heads up, Illinois, because it’s finally coming back:

•   Well this is cool:

•   Matt Harvey is due to testify today in the trial about the death of Tyler Skaggs, and it will probably be ugly:

•   The Blackhawks are getting trade interest, but are hesitant (probably doesn’t help not to have your full-time GM in place):

•   DeMar DeRozan is out of his mind right now:

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.