More Details and Updated Attendees List for 2013 Cubs Convention

The 28th Annual Cubs Convention (January 18 – January 20) kicks off on Friday afternoon at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers and additional details have been released.

The convention kicks off on Friday afternoon with the Opening Ceremonies, which are expected to larger this time around than in year’s past. Saturday is a full day of sessions, highlighted by “Meet Cubs Baseball Management” with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Several of the Cubs prospects will discuss their experiences on Saturday as well and Sunday features the popular “Down on the Farm” session with Jason McLeod, Joe Bohringer and Brandon Hyde.

The convention weekend kicks off with the DeJesus Family Foundation’s ‘Strike-A-Pose’ Celebrity Fashion Show on Thursday night and the second annual ‘Woody’s Winter Warm-Up’ is scheduled for Friday, January 18 at Harry Caray’s Navy Pier Tavern.

Here is a partial, compiled list of attendees, a small portion of the schedule and a few details on the Saturday sessions. The full schedule should be released soon … but here is what is known at this point. The CCO will update when more information becomes available.

**NOTE: THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE SCHEDULE – SATURDAY IS A FULL DAY OF SESSIONS AND SUNDAY HAS BEEN A HALF DAY OF SESSIONS IN RECENT YEARS. THE CCO WILL POST THE FULL SCHEDULE ONCE IT IS RELEASED**

Partial 2013 Cubs Convention Schedule

Friday, January 18

5:00pm – 5:30pm – Opening Ceremonies

7:00pm – 9:00pm – Sports Night Live with Dave Kaplan – The two and a half hour show will be simulcast on 720 WGN

  • 7:00pm – 7:30pm – Dale Sveum and James Rowson
  • 7:30pm – 8:00pm – Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer
  • 8:00pm – 8:30pm – Jeff Samardzija, Matt Garza, Scott Baker and Scott Feldman
  • 8:30pm – 9:00pm – Darwin Barney, Anthony Rizzo and David DeJesus
  • 9:00pm – 9:30pm – Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland

Additional Friday Activities

  • Autograph Hunt Game
  • Cubs Bingo

Saturday, January 19

9:30am – 10:30am – WGN Radio’s Meet Cubs Baseball Management hosted by Dave Eanet – Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Randy Bush, Shiraz Rehman and Dale Sveum

11:00am – 12:00pm – WGN Radio’s Cubs Minor Leaguers “From Draft Day to the Big Leagues” hosted by Garry Meier and Dave Eanet – Javier Baez, Dallas Beeler, Marcus Hatley, Barret Loux, Trey McNutt, Hector Rondon, Zac Rosscup, Nick Struck, Matt Szczur, Logan Watkins, Robert Whitenack and Tony Zych

12:30pm – 1:30pm – WGN Radio’s Kids Only Press Conference hosted by Bill Leff – Darwin Barney, David DeJesus, Brooks Raley, Anthony Rizzo and Chris Rusin

2:00pm – 3:00pm – WGN Radio’s Not Just for Women hosted by Carol Roth – Scott Baker, Shawn Camp, Matt Garza, James Russell and Travis Wood

4:00pm – 6:00pm – WGN Radio’s Sports Central Live Broadcast with Jim Memolo and Glen Kozlowski

  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm – Welington Castillo and David DeJesus
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm – Jeff Samardzija and Darwin Barney
  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm – Shawn Camp, Starlin Castro and Tony Campana
  • 5:30pm – 6:00pm – Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo and Edwin Jackson

Saturday Sessions

Ricketts Family Forum hosted by Len Kasper. Tom, Laura, Pete and Todd will discuss the first three years of owning the Cubs

Dale Sveum and the Coaching Staff hosted by Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies – Dale Sveum, Jamie Quirk, Chris Bosio, James Rowson, Rob Deer, Lester Strode, Dave McKay and David Bell

Renew Wrigley Field – Cubs executives will discuss what lies ahead for the renovations of Wrigley Field. Renderings of the proposed changes are expected to be unveiled during this session.

Cubs Jeopardy – featuring Milt Pappas, Scott Sanderson, Lee Smith, Rick Sutcliffe, Jose Cardenal, Jody Davis, Randy Hundley and Todd Walker

Cubs Family Feud – featuring Bobby Dernier, Jon Lieber, Gary Matthews Sr., Billy Williams, Michael Bowden, Shawn Camp, Brett Jackson and Ian Stewart

Meet the New Cubs hosted by Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies – Scott Baker, Scott Feldman, Edwin Jackson, Dioner Navarro and Nate Schierholtz

Additional Saturday Activities

  • Rookie of the Year Movie Night
  • Chicago Cubs Sock Hop
  • Fantasy Broadcasting Booth

Sunday, January 20

Sunday Sessions

Down on the Farm featuring Jason McLeod, Joe Bohringer, Brandon Hyde, Josh Vitters and Chris Rusin

Stat Sundays featuring Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies

For the eighth straight year, the CCO will be in attendance and will provide daily recaps, plus we will be tweeting information and photos from the convention.

Scheduled attendees for the 28th Cubs Convention

  • Javier Baez
  • Scott Baker
  • Ernie Banks
  • Darwin Barney
  • Dallas Beeler
  • David Bell
  • Joe Bohringer
  • Mike Borzello
  • Chris Bosio
  • Michael Bowden
  • Randy Bush
  • Shawn Camp
  • Jose Cardenal
  • Starlin Castro
  • Tony Campana
  • Welington Castillo
  • Steve Clevenger
  • Jody Davis
  • David DeJesus
  • Rob Deer
  • Bobby Dernier
  • Jim Deshaies
  • Theo Epstein
  • Scott Feldman
  • Kyuji Fujikawa
  • Matt Garza
  • Marcus Hatley
  • Todd Hollandsworth
  • Jed Hoyer
  • Pat Hughes
  • Randy Hundley
  • Brandon Hyde
  • Brett Jackson
  • Edwin Jackson
  • Ferguson Jenkins
  • Len Kasper
  • Andy Lane
  • Jon Lieber
  • Barret Loux
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Gary Matthews Sr.
  • Dave McKay
  • Jason McLeod
  • Trey McNutt
  • Keith Moreland
  • Dioner Navarro
  • Dave Otto
  • Milt Pappas
  • Jamie Quirk
  • Brooks Raley
  • Shiraz Rehman
  • Laura Ricketts
  • Pete Ricketts
  • Todd Ricketts
  • Tom Ricketts
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Hector Rondon
  • Zac Rosscup
  • James Rowson
  • Chris Rusin
  • James Russell
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Scott Sanderson
  • Dave Sappelt
  • Nate Schierholtz
  • Judd Sirott
  • Lee Smith
  • Nick Struck
  • Alfonso Soriano
  • Ian Stewart
  • Lester Strode
  • Rick Sutcliffe
  • Dale Sveum
  • Matt Szczur
  • Josh Vitters
  • Todd Walker
  • Logan Watkins
  • Robert Whitenack
  • Billy Williams
  • Tim Wilken
  • Kerry Wood
  • Travis Wood
  • Tony Zych

Weekend passes are still available on Cubs.com and this year’s passes are baseball-shaped with the Cubs Convention logo in between the seams.

The CCO will post the complete schedule and list of attendees when they are made available.

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  • woody34

    I know it’s not Convention related, but found this article regarding Hendry’s former golden boy of a free agent and thought I would share it with you.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/milton-bradley-facing-13-years-prison-spousal-abuse-214557080–mlb.html

  • Tony_Hall

    Neil – Last year the opening ceremonies were televised, I believe on CSN. Do you know if that is happening again this year and if so, what channel?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tony, I have not seen if the opening ceremonies will be televised this year … sorry.

      • Tony_Hall

        NP – I don’t remember it being advertised last year either. But it is pretty cool to watch, if you can’t be there in person. I wish they would show more of the convention on TV.

      • Tony_Hall

        Comcast is showing on their TV listings that they are showing the Opening Ceremonies live at 5 pm on Friday and then showing it again at 7:30 pm.

        http://www.csnchicago.com/pages/tvlisting

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Thanks for posting, I should have looked before I replied.

  • Tony_Hall

    Reading some fantasy prospect lists for short and long term and here are how some Cubs prospects.

    The number before their name is positional rank for prospects.

    4. Dan Vogelbach, 20, Cubs
    Where played in 2012: Rookie, Class A
    Minor-league stats: .322 BA (245 at-bats), 17 HR, 1.051 OPS, 35 BBs, 48 Ks

    Vogelbach is built like Matt Stairs: short and stocky, with a gut that would immediately preclude him from participating in most athletic endeavors. But the Cubs didn’t draft him to sell jeans, as Billy Beane would say. They drafted him to hit bombs. Fortunately, he’s a lot like Stairs in that regard as well, punishing pitchers with both his power and patience. And now, with a full minor-league season under his belt, his stock only seems to be rising, which is saying something given that he was a second-rounder in the 2011 draft. He still has a long way to go to reach the majors, and his physique will keep him under intense scrutiny as he works his way up the ladder. But with the optimism just beginning to build over him, now is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor in long-term keeper leagues. If the more optimistic projections ultimately come to pass, Prince Fielder might end up being the more accurate comparison for Vogelbach.

    3. Javier Baez, 20, Cubs
    Where played in 2012: Class A
    Minor-league stats: .294 BA (293 at-bats), 16 HR, 24 SB, .888 OPS, 14 BBs, 69 Ks

    The term most often used when assessing Baez’s talents is bat speed. Judging by the comparisons to Gary Sheffield and Hanley Ramirez, he has plenty to spare. Bat speed, as you know, generates power, and power, as you know, is rare among shortstops. Of course, speculating about Baez’s power is one thing. Actually witnessing it — as we did when he finally got an opportunity to play midway through 2012, hitting 16 home runs (to go along with 24 stolen bases) in only 293 at-bats — is quite another. Now that we know his power is more than hypothetical, he’s deserving of all the hype we can heap on him. While you might assume, as with most prospects with genuine middle-of-the-order power, Baez is destined to outgrow the shortstop position, his defense may have been what impressed the Cubs the most during his first full professional season, with their head of scouting and player development saying he looked like a veteran out there. Baez’s struggles after reaching high Class A last year suggest he may still need a couple years of seasoning, but he’s advanced enough for a player his age that the Cubs could call on him whenever they feel he’s ready. A starting job in 2014 is entirely possible.

    9. Josh Vitters, 23, Cubs
    Where played in 2012: Triple-A, majors
    Minor-league stats: .304 BA (415 at-bats), 17 HR, .869 OPS, 30 BBs, 77 Ks
    Major-league stats: .121 (99 at-bats), 2 HR, .395 OPS, 7 BBs, 33 Ks

    Though he was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, Vitters has yet to nail down a starting job in the majors, which is reason enough to regard him as a disappointment of a prospect. Last year, though, he did a nice job salvaging what little reputation remains, hitting .304 with 17 homers and an .869 OPS in 415 at-bats at Triple-A Iowa. Granted, he achieved those numbers in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but considering he struggled just to hit doubles at previous stops in the minors, any indication of him learning to drive the ball is cause for optimism. The performance even earned him a promotion to the majors in early August. He was a disaster there — unable to carry over his low strikeout rate, which was the one constant from his minor-league career — but after the way his first five professional seasons went, you’ll settle for baby steps from him. The Cubs still have nobody better than injury-prone retread Ian Stewart to man third base, so with another couple of baby steps, Vitters could find himself starting in the big leagues soon enough. He’s no certainty to perform there, but he’s worth a flier just in case all that talk of him being a lost cause turns out to be premature. He’s only 23, after all.

    7. Jorge Soler, 21, Cubs
    Where played in 2012: Rookie, Class A
    Minor-league stats: .299 BA (134 at-bats), 5 HR, 12 SB, .832 OPS, 12 BBs, 19 Ks

    The hype on Soler heading into 2012 wasn’t quite as big as the hype on fellow Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, but that’s at least partially because Cespedes was already major-league ready. Soler still needs some time to develop, but considering the nine-year deal the Cubs gave him last June, he has a projectable skill set that should make him a Fantasy stud in due time. He certainly got off on the right foot in the lower levels of the minors late last season, actually improving his production with a .338 batting average when he made the jump from Rookie ball to Class A for his final 80 at-bats. And that’s not even his best tool. Some within the Cubs organization have compared his power to Sammy Sosa’s. The Cubs have been equally impressed with his pitch selection and patience, so he’ll likely have a leg up on the competition as he begins to play in the upper levels of the minors. If it shows up his numbers, the Cubs might not be able to prevent him from ascending all the way to the big leagues. Considering he’s only 21, they could hold him back if they so choose, but the bottom line is Soler is more polished than most prospects his age. In addition to being a must-own in long-term keeper leagues, he’s stashable in NL-only formats.

    19. Brett Jackson, 24, Cubs
    Where played in 2012: Triple-A, majors
    Minor-league stats: .256 BA, 15 HR, 27 SB, 12 3Bs, .817 OPS, 47 BBs, 158 Ks
    Major-league stats: .175 BA (120 at-bats), 4 HR, 0 SB, .644 OPS, 22 BBs, 59 Ks

    We should have all seen this coming, right? Jackson, trailed by one glowing scouting report after another, got the call to the majors last August and promptly bombed, batting .175 with a .644 OPS. Of course, you wouldn’t expect much more than that from a player who struck out every other at-bat, would you? And really, it was every other at-bat. Of his 120 at-bats, 59 resulted in strikeouts. The most surprising part is that it was a surprise to so many. For all he did well in the minor leagues, one thing Jackson didn’t do was make consistent contact. Prior to his call-up, he had 158 strikeouts in 407 at-bats for Triple-A Iowa. Clearly, it’s a chronic issue, and at age 24, he’s probably beyond the point where he’ll grow out of it. So, then, can he survive it? Are his tools enough to sustain him if he’s giving away that many at-bats? Clearly, the Cubs want to take more time to figure it out, which is why they brought in Nate Schierholtz this offseason. Another mediocre performance in the Pacific Coast League — where a .256 batting average and .817 OPS are no cause for excitement, really — could make Jackson an afterthought in Chicago. His proximity to the majors is the main reason he’s still worth drafting in NL-only leagues.

    • SuzyS

      I always liked players like Matt Stairs…not the most talented player…but a professional warrior…he battled at every at bat….I’m excited at the possibility of seeing Vogelbach & Company at Kane County in the spring.
      Spring…Spring and baseball…can’t wait.

  • Tony_Hall

    One other thing I like about the write up on fantasy prospects was describing the positions and how players end up in those positions at the major league level. With all of our talk about prospects and positions changes to fit a current need at the major league level, I think it helps to understand the thought process of positional development.

    First Base

    Because first base isn’t a premium defensive position, it’s generally regarded as a fallback option for players who can no longer cut it elsewhere on the diamond. And those players are already so common in the majors that organizations prefer to play their up-and-comers wherever else they can for as long as they can.

    The move to first base happens only out of necessity.

    Second Base

    Prospects don’t usually start out there. Extenuating circumstances force them there. Maybe they don’t have quite enough range to stick at shortstop. Maybe they have too much competition in the outfield. If they’re too athletic to confine to first base (or, in some cases, too unproductive to succeed there), second base is the perfect alternative.

    Shortstop

    Remember how the star of your high school team played shortstop? Yeah, you weren’t alone there.

    Shortstop is the most difficult position to fill because it requires the perfect combination speed, agility, precision, smarts and strength. Absent one or more of those, as is common among a group of thin and wiry 16-year-olds, pure athleticism usually wins out.

    Unfortunately, when all those high school shortstops meet at the next level, they can’t all play shortstop. Some have to move elsewhere on the diamond, either because they grow big-boy muscles and lose the necessary speed and agility to man the position or because they just get outclassed by someone else within the organization.

    Sorting out which ones stay and which ones go often happens in the lower levels of the minors. Thus, for that certain age group between Class A and Double-A, shortstop is loaded with up-and-coming offensive talent.

  • Cory

    This is off subject but think Buster sums it up here regarding Upton:
    A lot of people within baseball are surprised the Mariners were willing to give up so much for Upton according to Olney (Twitter links). “It’s not as if [Seattle] is one player away from contending,” said one evaluator. “Why give up that much now when you’re still far away?”

    • daverj

      Maybe the Mariners think that once Upton is in Seattle, they have a good chance of signing him long term. Maybe the Mariners thinking adding a big bat will help them retain Feliz Hernandez.

  • John G

    It’s just not right to infer that Kim DeJesus may be in the celebrity fashion show, and then talk about a Woody Warm Up.

    • brent carmona

      WOW haha this was awesome

  • John_CC
    • calicub

      Im sorry but this is the 3rd time this has been posted on CCO

  • calicub

    wow! Rodrigo Lopez gets a $1mm MiLD w/ NRI. I think Rip will miss him the most..

    • Tony_Hall

      Actually it is $1M if he is on the 25 man roster…So if he goes to the minors and gets called up for 1 month to fill a spot he will get $166k for that 1 month. Otherwise he will get minor league pay.

      • calicub

        that’s weird thought i hit reply to you.

      • Ripsnorter1

        You gotta admit this: he’s better than Berkan.

        • Tony_Hall

          Lopez is ok, if you are down to your 8th or 9th option and want a vet versus a rookie.

    • calicub

      I realize that and know its unlikely. But a $1mm ML contract for a guy who almost scratched a 6 ERA IN AAA!! is a fantastic example of how over-inflated the pitching market is.

      • Tony_Hall

        Veteran starting pitcher depth for $1M is pretty cheap insurance….for a 7th/8th/9th guy deep.

        • calicub

          I just don’t see it, not for Lopez. He was barely serviceable in ’11 let alone what he did last year, but i suppose we can agree to disagree on this one…

          • Tony_Hall

            PCL stats are pretty inflated for pitchers.

            2011 w/Cubs
            5-4 W-L
            4.42 ERA
            1.485 WHIP

            Not great numbers, but for a team still trying to win with a veteran core, if they get in the position of needing a few spot starts, Lopez may be able to keep them in games better than using an unknown rookie. Different team situation then we are in for sure.

            I am sure the Phillies are really hoping that they don’t need to use Lopez except as maybe a short term 7th bullpen arm.

    • Ripsnorter1

      My eyes just poured the tears when I read your post!

      LOL

  • calicub

    With ST right around the corner, i am seeing three big question marks. Fortunately the rotation, while not definite, isn’t going to be a struggle (hopefully) like it was last year. Darwin barney will likely produce similar offensive numbers and solid D, Castro will only get better, Soriano will be soriano, dejesus will provide average production and defense and Rizzo seemed to have made the necessary adjustments in his second run at the bigs.

    So here they are:

    1. What will Castillo do with a full year behind the dish?

    Castillo really scares me with the lack of discipline he showed catching when he first came up. While he turned things around in the end, I really am worried what the impact of having an inexperienced catcher behind the dish like castillo on the youngish pitching staff vs. a caller like Soto, who always seemed to have a calming effect on pitchers. Additionally, he has become Yu Darvish’s personal catcher for the way Yu pitched down the stretch following that trade.

    It will also be interesting to see if his offense can make the necessary adjustments as well.

    2. Is Stewart healed and who fills in when(if) he falls off again?

    Im not confident in Stewart regaining w/e form he may have had in CO, and who fills in when he goes down? A tandem of Valbuena/Lillibrige isn’t the most inspiring..

    3. How does Nate respond to a full time gig?
    We’ve heard Nate will get full starting duties to begin 2013. I am not confident in his offensive prowess, but having that cannon out in RF will be nice.. Heres the other thing, we heard last year that guys coming up would get full playing time only to see Dale play RHB/LHB matchups. How long will it be before Nate is nothing more than a platoon with Sappy taking a chunk of starts against LHP

    • Tony_Hall

      3 Big issues for sure.

      1) Castillo – I believe that is why Navarro was brought in, to be a more veteran presence and mentor to Castillo. Not really worried about C, as Soto may be Darvish’s personal catcher, but he is not starting, nor did he get a starting catchers job this offseason, all for a reason.

      2) No one is confident in Stewart, but not a lot of options. Don’t be surprised if Vitters gets a shot again, as he seems to do better after getting his feet wet at a level. I also wouldn’t be surprised by a trade to bring in someone else to play 3B. But Valbuena is the guy most likely to play 3B if Stewart doesn’t take the job. Of course it is possible that the often overlooked Valbuena beats out Stewart in ST without Stewart losing it.

      3) I don’t believe Schierholtz will start as a full time player, nor do I believe it has been said he will be a full time player. I expect the OF to be a rotation of 4 or even 5 guys as Soriano will need more time off as he is another year older, DeJesus needs to sit against lefties and Schierholtz and Sappelt are not everyday players at this point.

      • SuzyS

        Tony,
        I do believe that Schierholtz was told he would be given the OPPORTUNITY to become an everyday player. But he has to earn it first.

        • Tony_Hall

          Yes he was, but that is a big, big difference from saying he will be a full time player.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Bruce Levine today was talking that Sappelt may get beat out of a job completely….by Lillibridge.

        I doubt it. Lillibridge does not hit enough. He’s Joe Mather. Not much power. No bat at all. But he plays everywhere except pitcher and catcher.

        I expect Lillibridge to make the team.

        • Tony_Hall

          Not impresssed with Lillibridge and don’t see him making the roster, without a much unexpected good spring or injuries.

        • Tony_Hall

          Sappelt hits LH too good to not make the team that has to have either Schierholtz or DeJesus in the lineup, even if he is in the lineup as well.

    • SuzyS

      Calicub…on your three concerns:

      Other than pitching, there is a dearth of catching talent system wide with the Cubs….So the question of Castillo is valid and problematic. As Tony said…Navarro was brought in to solidify the Catching position. I personally think Castillo will do fine…barring injury.

      2) 3rd base…I don’t think anyone is really happy here…But I do expect Stewart/Valbuena to hold the fort until a more viable option is brought in. I just spent some time reading some Texas fan’s debate on whether or not they should sign Lohse as they don’t feel their rotation has enough depth.

      If Texas DOES NOT sign Lohse…IF Garza proves healthy…it seems to make a lot of sense to deal Garza to Texas (in a package deal) for Olt and other prospects. If that happens…I think Olt becomes our 3rd baseman…within a month of that trade.
      BTW…Bruce Levine thinks it is very probable that Lillibridge makes the 25 man roster out of ST.

      While I would like to see Vitters make good and get another shot at 3rd….I’m not sure we see him at Wrigley in Cubbie Blue ever again.

      3) I really believe our OF is still a work in progress…and depends on whether or not Team Theo is able to move Soriano before the season begins. Schierholtz WAS told he would be given the OPPORTUNITY to become a full time player…but let’s see how it plays out.

      I really feel the Cubs will still be active (or try to be active) in the trade market before the season begins. I think there is another big move coming that might clarify a question mark or two before the season begins.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Suzy,

        The Cubs should have kept Koyie Hill!

        Furthermore, the Cubs got RIPPED OFF on the Texas deal, AND the Atlanta deal last trade deadline.

        • SuzyS

          Rip, I know….you were such a huge Koyle Hill fan.
          AND I don’t think I can recall you ever saying the Cubs made out on a deal.
          Oh well :)

          • Ripsnorter1

            I am teasing you about Koyie Hill. The Cubs offered to send him down to AAA after RE-ACQUIRING him from Cincinnati, but he was so torqued he said he’d rather take his walking papers than stay.

            BTW, he thinks we got ripped off on the Atlanta and Texas deals as well.

            I did say the Garza trade was a good one. Go back and read the original trade post.

          • SuzyS.

            Rip…sometimes the written word does not convey the true meaning of a statement. I replied to your post with a twinkle in my eye and a “Nod and a Wink”.
            In others words…with a huge tease back at ya :-).

    • Ripsnorter1

      Stewart….may not even make the team out of ST. The Cubs may acquire Scott Hairston, or just start Lillibridge and be done with it.

      • Tony_Hall

        He will have to, at a minimum, show he is healthy and can drive the ball to make the team. But if he is nothing more than warning track power, he will be gone.

    • John_CC

      I will not miss Soto, and I don’t think the Cubs will either. While the rotation is youngish in years, Garza, Jackson, Baker, and even Feldman are all veteran pitchers. Shark has spent a couple years in the ML now and made a giant leap last year, I don’t worry about years or lack of either. Soto’s defense is average at best. Castillo has a canon arm. I think Castillo/Navarro is a far better tandem than Soto/Hill … come on, Soto/Hill! It makes me want to dance knowing those two yayhoos are gone!

      3B is a different story for sure. If Stewart doesn’t really show a major improvement with the bat in ST I don’t think he’ll make team. With Vitters, Baez, and Lake all knocking at the door and Valbuena already coming back it’s going to be another tough season at the hot corner.

      I like to hope that Schierholtz will be a serviceable platoon RF hitting in the .270-.280 range, 15HR and 10 SB. Like I said … HOPE … we’ll see

  • John_CC

    Just saw this on MLBTR, interesting release from Cleveland to make room for Swisher. The note says that Cleveland would like to resign him, good luck. This kid should get picked up. 24 yo, big, great OBP his entire MiLB career. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=neal–001tho

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