It seems that soon after everyone wondered whether the Cubs would spend money, they locked up another core player (Rizzo), talked about inking two more (Garza and Samardzija). Samardzija, however, isn't eager to join the extension party quite yet, according to Carrie Muskat.
And just when we were ready to give up on the Cubs, they play over .500 baseball for a week, can they keep it up?
News and Notes...
- David Kaplan writes that we should expect the Cubs to spend this offseason and mentions Jacoby Ellsbury as a possible target.
- Earlier Patrick Mooney wrote about Jed Hoyer using the Nationals as a blueprint. Some of you may remember that Mooney wrote about the Cubs needing to sign "their Jason Werth" this offseason. Could Ellsbury be that kind of signing for the Cubs?
- Speaking of spending, we have to include amateur talent in that equation and, in case you missed it, today I talked about some second round college RHPs and also about two top international position players the Cubs are favorites to sign.
What to Look for:
Felzz: Anthony Rizzo. I'm going with the Good karma off the field leads to good karma on the field thing. Rizzo is dialed in and there's no extra pressure. In fact, there's probably even less pressure now. Something tells me and Davy jones that we're in to something good.
Tom: Anthony Rizzo. Let's see if the big kid responds with big game. He should get a standing ovation.
John: The Cubs face an unfamiliar pitcher in Juan Nicasio so I'd like to see them concentrate on seeing as many pitches as they can early in the game and get a feel for what he's trying to do out there. As an added bonus, Nicasio is also prone to lapses with his control, so maybe they draw a few walks in the process.
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