We'll have a bit more on pitchers later on Friday, but there's a lot of Cub-related items of interest to catch up on...
- The convention is this weekend but I am not going for obvious reasons. If anyone is interested in writing a guest post based on their experience at CubsCon. Let me know!
- Matt Garza avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one year $10.25M deal. It's a small raise for Garza ($750,00) and it seems likely he would have gotten more through the arb process. As we all know, this is the last year where the Cubs will have control as he will qualify for free agency after the season. Still no talk at this point of a long term extension. Jeff Samardzija and James Russell are the only other two Cubs who are arb eligible and it is believed the Cubs are already talking with Samardzija on a one year deal.
- There are no Cubs on the USA team in the WBC but that doesn't mean there aren't any playing. Anthony Rizzo is playing for Italy, minor league RHP Ryan Searle will play for Australia, and two RHPs will play for Chinese Tai Pei -- Yao-Lin Wang and Hung-Wen Chen. We all know Rizzo but Wang is a prospect who will probably pitch for Daytona and has a chance to be a middle reliever. Searle and Chen are older and have been solid organizational players for the Cubs.
- Jim Bowden ranks Alfonso Soriano as one of the 5 most likely outfielders to be traded this season (insider only). Bowden mentions the Phillies and Orioles as possible suitors.
- Ameet Sachdev of the Tribune writes that the Cubs plan to build a hotel near the ballpark (see map above). The development depends on the Cubs ability to strike a deal with local governments.
- Going to see the Cubs play this spring in AZ? Reader emartinezjr passes along a handy-dandy website with a schedule, prices, and other good information.
- Non-baseball related but Felzzy wrote on article for Chicago Side Sports today on how twitter ruined football. Congrats and it's always nice to see our writers in demand in other places!
- Speaking of Chicago Side, here's a fun article with some pretty cool renderings on Cubs future HOF'ers.
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