Here are some quick afternoon news and notes for today...
The Cubs announced their spring schedule today and the first game will be on February 27th vs. the Diamondbacks in Mesa. Here is the complete schedule...
2014 Cubs Spring Training Schedule
(Date, Opponent, Site)
Feb. 27: vs. Diamondbacks, Mesa
Feb. 28: at Angels, Tempe
March 1 (ss): vs. Giants, Mesa; at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale (7:10 p.m.)
March 2: vs. Royals, Mesa
March 3: at Brewers, Maryvale
March 4: vs. Athletics, Mesa
March 5: vs. Rockies, Mesa
March 6: at Indians, Goodyear
March 7 (ss): vs. Indians, Mesa; at Angels, Tempe
March 8: at Reds, Goodyear
March 9: vs. Brewers, Mesa
March 10: at Giants, Scottsdale
March 11: vs. Rockies, Mesa
March 12: at Mariners, Peoria
March 13: Off day
March 14: vs. Dodgers, Mesa
March 15 (ss): at Royals, Surprise; vs. Mets, Las Vegas
March 16 (ss): vs. Indians, Mesa; vs. Mets, Las Vegas
March 17 (ss): vs. Angels, Mesa; at Athletics, Phoenix
March 18: at Rangers, Surprise (7:05 p.m.)
March 19: at Rockies, Scottsdale (6:40 p.m.)
March 20: vs. Mariners, Mesa
March 21: at White Sox, Glendale
March 22: vs. Reds, Mesa
March 23: at Athletics, Phoenix
March 24: vs. Padres, Mesa (7:05 p.m.)
March 25 (ss): vs. Angels, Mesa; at Padres, Peoria (7:05 p.m.)
March 26: at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale
March 27: vs. White Sox, Mesa
March 28: at Diamondbacks, Chase Field
March 29: at Diamondbacks, Chase Field
Free Agent Prediction Contest
You may have remembered that we had a free agent guessing contest where the winner can win two tickets to Opening Day courtesy of reader Michael Canter and reader Ptown Tom was kind enough to put all the guessess in a spreadsheet for us. I added it to Google Docs as a public document so that you can keep track of them and we will update on our site as news happens. This is the link to the Google doc. It was my first time using it, so hopefully I did it correctly!
In the meantime, here are some interesting stats from the contest,
71 of you chose to enter and there are a total of 702 picks, almost 10 per entry and a total of 144 different players picked.
Most guessed free agent signings:
- Scott Baker (50)
- Masahiro Tanaka (42)
- Chris Young (33)
- Josh Johnson (22)
- Dionner Navarro (21)
None of you guessed Tim Hudson, which is a good thing since he just signed with the Giants (2 years/$23M). The same goes for catcher Carlos Ruiz, who re-signed with the Phillies (3 yrs/26M). Three of you guessed Skip Schumaker and he just signed with the Reds.
Remember, though, that you do not get penalized for wrong guesses though, of course, it is one less chance for a correct guess.
And what? Nobody guessed Chris Valaika or Eli Whiteside? You guys are slacking.
It's just like Opening Day. Everyone is tied for first.
Odds and Ends
- Some talk on Jeff Nieman, but EMartinez reminds me he had shoulder surgery last year. At 30 years old and a guy whose stuff was always pretty average, it's probably too much of a risk on anything that's not a minor league deal at this point.
- Peter Gammons with an interesting tweet for those who want the Cubs to spend big, "In the previous four free agent off-seasons, 8 players changed teams for contracts greater than $100M. None have a ring." (h/t @mrubio52)
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