Congratulations to Peyton Manning, John Elway and the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50 …
It was a pretty busy three days for the Cubs as the sports world focused on the Super Bowl and the matchup between the eventual champion Broncos and Carolina Panthers.
The biggest news of the weekend was the Cubs avoiding arbitration with Jake Arrieta and agreeing to terms on a one-year contract. The Cubs and Arrieta were scheduled to sit down Tuesday in Arizona and will not have to go through that ugly process now.
Jed Hoyer discussed several big topics with Jesse Rogers. And the Cubs received a conditional approval to move forward with the team’s plans for the Wrigley Field marquee.
Theo Epstein had an incredibly interesting conversation with Sean McAdam. And Epstein gave detailed answers to questions about his team and the game in general.
Baseball America’s 2016 Prospect Handbook was released and includes an updated top 31 Cubs’ list.
And there was a Cubs-Rays update.
Here are all the headlines from the weekend filled with all the news, notes and rumors from the last three days …
Ben Zobrist Lands at No. 6 on MLB Network’s Ranking of Top 10 Second Basemen
MLB Network continued its positional ranking series on Thursday night. And Addison Russell’s double play partner ended up as the sixth best second baseman in the game according to The Shredder.
Ben Zobrist is expected to spend a majority of his time at second base during the upcoming season. Zobrist should help take Russell’s game to the next level while getting on base and providing an upgrade to the position from a year ago.
The Daily CCO: The Cubs Hit the Hard Pretty Bleepin’ Hard and Other News and Notes
The exit velocities of the Cubs’ young sluggers are pretty impressive. And based on the way the Cubs abused the baseball last year, Joe Maddon’s projected lineup begins Spring Training ranked behind only the Marlins as the team with the highest average exit velocity.
Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler, Jason Heyward, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo all had an averge exit velocity of more than 90 mph last year.
Along with This Day in Cubs History, the Daily report includes an update on Pierce Johnson, the Cubs Campaign Slogan for the upcoming year and all of the news, notes, links and rumors … and a video.
MLB Network Ranks Jake Arrieta Second Best Starting Pitcher in the Game
Jake Arrieta had the best second half of any pitcher in the history of baseball, won the NL Cy Young Award and according to The Shredder only Clayton Kershaw is a better starting pitcher in the game right now.
Report Includes MLB Network’s ranking of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist.
Cubs Sign RHP Tommy Nance to Minor League Contract
The Cubs added a right handed pitcher in Tommy Nance that turns 25 in March to the system. Nance can start and pitch out of a bullpen, another utility pitcher in the Cubs’ system.
Click on the link to read his numbers.
Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Landmarks Commission Approves Marquee Renovation
The Cubs received approval, with one condition, to move forward with the plans to restore the iconic Wrigley Field marquee.
Wrigley’s marquee is on schedule to be reinstalled by the home opener … and the new clubhouse is also on schedule along with several other deliverables for Phase Two of The 1060 Project.
Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Jake Arrieta, Sign to One-Year, $10.7 Million Deal
The news hit the wire late Friday. The Cubs and Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration with a record-setting contract for a second year arbitration eligible pitcher.
Arrieta received a $10.7 million salary for the upcoming season after making $3.63 million in 2015.
The Cubs avoided hearings with all nine of their arbitration eligible players.
The Daily CCO: Jed Hoyer, Several Players Already in Mesa as Cubs Prepare for Spring Training
Jed Hoyer had his annual pre-Super Bowl talk with Jesse Rogers. And provided info on Jake Arrieta, Javier Baez, Chris Coghlan, Javier Baez and Matt Szczur and admitted a six-man rotation makes sense under certain scenarios.
The Cubs released a new course for this year’s Race to Wrigley.
This Day in Cubs History, along with news on Lou Piniella, Pearl Jam at Wrigley and a former Rule 5 Draft pick all included in the Daily Report.
Cubs System Ranked No. 20 in Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook
The Cubs system went from No. 1 in last year’s handbook all the way to No. 20 in the pre-season rankings.
There is still a lot of depth in the system, but the promotions of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler to the majors hurt the organization’s ranking entering the upcoming season.
Baseball America’s Top 31 Cubs Prospects for 2016
The Cubs have 15 position players and 16 pitchers in Baseball America’s list of the top 31 players in the organization.
Gleyber Torres is No. 1 and OF Jeffrey Baez checked in at No. 31 … click on the link to read the list. And which young players BA thinks will have very good seasons.
Theo Epstein Talks Cubs Baseball with CSNNE’s Sean McAdam
Sean McAdam talked baseball and the Cubs with Theo Epstein for his recent podcast. And Epstein provided detailed answers to all of his questions for close to 20 minutes.
This is simply a must-read and can’t miss report for all that follow the Cubs and baseball.
The Daily CCO: Outfield Defense a Question Mark the Cubs Will Find Answers To in the Spring
The Cubs set out to improve the team’s outfield defense at the beginning of the off-season … and signed Jason Heyward. Heyward is the Cubs’ starting centerfielder, not right fielder, which leaves questions about the defense in the outfield.
Theo Epstein told Sean McAdam the outfield is one area that will be addressed in Spring Training.
Daily report includes more on Jason Heyward, an update on Chesny Young, all of the news, notes and links plus This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs-Rays Update: Conversations Remain Active on Pitching and for Outfielders
The Cubs and Rays rumors/reports will not go away and pop back up seemingly every couple of days.
Click on the link to read the latest.