Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara are spending their off-season playing baseball. Baez is in Puerto Rico and Alcantara is getting work in the Dominican Republic.
Baez had his first multi-hit game Sunday night. Baez went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. In nine games for Santurce, Baez is 6-for-29 with a home run, six walks and six strikeouts (.207/.343/.310/.653). Baez saw his first game action in center field over the weekend and has played his other eight games in the infield (second base, shortstop).
Alcantara reached base three times Sunday on a pair of walks and a single in four trips to the plate. Alcantara is batting .300/.400/.300 over his last 10 games with 10 hits, five walks and seven strikeouts in 30 at bats.
In 33 games for Tigres del Licey, Alcantara has hit .254/.323/.368 with three doubles and five triples for a .691 OPS. Alcantara does not have a home run and has walked 12 times with 29 strikeouts in 114 at bats.
Theo Epstein has the right philosophy when it comes to the Cardinals. There’s no reason to worry about what they are doing because the Cardinals are going to compete for a division title every year and win 90 or more games every season.
The Cardinals are the best organization in baseball and have the best fans in the game. And if you don’t believe that, just ask them and they will tell you.
Jason Heyward chose the Cubs over the Cardinals and instead of moving on, Mike Matheny told Rick Hummel that Heyward’s comments about his former team won’t go over too well with his players.
Heyward said one of the reasons he did not sign back with the Cardinals is because their aging core of Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright and Matt Holliday will probably be done playing over the next two to four years.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I told Jason this before. I’ve got a lot of respect for Jason as a person. He’s got to go make the decisions he’s going to have to live with. If that [core group comparison] is a big deal to him, he’s just being honest with people. But I don’t think we have anything to apologize for in having a group like a Holliday, a Molina, a Wainwright. Those are the kinds of guys everybody wants on a club. I see where he’s coming from. I mean, look at what Chicago’s done. It’s very unique in this game … to have that many impact players at that young age. And he’s a young player. But I can’t say I’m in any kind of agreement with that [Chicago] core being better than any kind of core that we have. That veteran group [that the Cardinals have] also helps drive what the younger group turns into. I don’t blame him. But I don’t like it. I thought we created a really good atmosphere and he had to weigh what was most important to him. Say if we hadn’t won. … That would have made a difference. Say if we hadn’t created an atmosphere where he was a major part of what we’re doing. … Neither of those is true. Say we hadn’t made an offer. We made a terrific offer. With all that being said, it comes down to what does a guy want? [Staying in St. Louis] just wasn’t what he was looking for.”
According to Nick Cafardo, Greg Maddux is expected to take a job with a West Coast team, likely the Dodgers, as a part-time special assistant.
Maddux does not want a full-time coaching job. His son, Chase, is a freshman pitcher at UNLV. Maddux would like to spend time watching his games and he enjoys traveling with his family.
As for broadcasting, Maddux told Cafardo that’s not his thing.
Maddox explained, “I enjoy working with pitchers. If there’s something I can do to help a young guy think about the game more and what he’s throwing and why he’s throwing it, I can help like that.”
Trevor Cahill left money on the table and possibly a better opportunity to start again with another team to re-sign with the Cubs. According to Nick Cafardo, Cahill “had a chance to sign with the Pirates or Orioles as a starter of reliever, but opted to stay in Chicago, where he’ll be strictly a reliever.”
Cahill wanted to pitch for the Cubs. Cafardo reported, “Cahill loves being with the Cubs and didn’t want to leave after he reinvented himself following a bad stint with the Braves.”
News, Notes and Rumors
• Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels was on MLB Network Radio and told Jon Paul Morosi, “If there’s the right deal, we’d still like to add depth to the rotation, more likely than not in the depth department.” Yu Darvish is on track to rejoin the Rangers’ rotation in mid-May. The Rangers are one of the teams, along with the Cubs, interested in trading for Danny Salazar (Indians), Carlos Carrasco (Indians), Tyson Ross (Padres) and one of the Rays’ starters (Jake Odorizzi, Matt Moore).
• The Orioles are “always receiving inquiries on Kevin Gausman” but according to Roch Kubatko, he is “off limits.”
• Ken Rosenthal took a look at the reasons why some of baseball’s biggest free agents haven’t signed yet.
• Cubs might have to wait for pitching trade market to develop according to ESPN Chicago.
• Ken Rosenthal reported Commissioner Manfred is not a fan of opt-out clauses.
This Day In Cubstory
2012 – Cubs signed free agent Brad Nelson
2012 – Cubs signed free agent Nate Schierholtz
2012 – Rangers claimed Jeff Beliveau off waivers from the Cubs
2012 – Giants claimed Sandy Rosario off waivers from the Cubs
2011 – Cubs signed free agent Reed Johnson
2003 – Cubs granted free agency to Scott Chiasson and Randall Simon
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Michael Barrett
2002 – Cubs granted free agency to Will Cunnane, Mike Mahoney and Courtney Duncan
2000 – Cubs granted free agency to Jamie Arnold and Steve Rain
1999 – Cubs granted free agency to Scott Sanders
1987 – Cubs released Jay Baller
1985 – Brian Schlitter, born
1983 – Taylor Teagarden, born
1972 – LaTroy Hawkins, born
1964 – Cardinals purchased Danny Breeden from the Cubs
1960 – P.K. Wrigley instituted the College of Coaches. The Cubs owner announced the team would no longer have a manager but would instead be run by a college of eight coaches that included Rip Collins, Charlie Grimm, Elvin Tappe, Goldie Holt, Vedie Himsl, Harry Craft, Bobby Adams and Rube Walker. Before the College of Coaches experiment was finally called off in October 1965, Bob Kennedy, Buck O’Neil, Lou Klein, Charlie Metro, Al Dark, Freddie Martin, Mel Wright and Mel Harder were at one time part of the faculty of the College of Coaches.
1951 – Cubs released Mickey Owen
1950 – Hollywood of the PCL purchased Don Carlsen from the Cubs
1948 – Dave Kingman, born
1925 – Bob Rush, born
1897 – Pete Scott, born
1887 – Cy Williams, born