These days marks your ultimate verify in on my colonoscopy: all went effectively, and all was apparent. So 5 extra several years right up until the future a single. I treated myself with a stack of pancakes, eggs, and bacon. It was sufficiently wonderful that I kinda want to do it once more today. Properly, the meals component. Not the other aspect.
• We typically discuss about how the Cubs have targeted so considerably about the very last decade on bringing in reclamation pitchers – men who have had previous results, who have fallen down for one particular motive or an additional, but who do some detail(s) exceptionally nicely that the Cubs want to operate with to change into success. It employed to be one thing of a joke, but then the Cubs started out hitting on these guys every one year (not each person, of course, but a couple each and every year out of 8 to 10 swings is in fact an superb hit rate). At times it was just finding some valuable innings from a man like Tsuyoshi Wada. Occasionally it was developing a true ace like Jake Arrieta. In some cases it was serving to a dude keep and lead like Mike Montgomery. Occasionally it was obtaining an really concealed gem like Brian Duensing. Often it was totally revamping a male into a stud like Ryan Tepera. I could go on, for the reason that the variety of outcomes is extensive, the styles of men specific is just as wide, and the contributions, far too.
• Against that backdrop, I believed it was really worth sharing this from Cubs signing Drew Smyly, who himself clearly falls into that variety of reclamation group. It turns out, he appreciates that is exactly where he is, and he also is familiar with the Cubs are a very good corporation to target (Cubs.com): “I’ve been on a lot of groups recently. And the Cubs surely are on the forefront of the technological know-how and finding the most out of their players. So it’s constantly been an intriguing spot to appear back again …. I imagine this is just one of the greatest companies to form of re-build yourself. And then, figure out what operates for you, what may not perform and acquire that facts, that constructive criticism, and just roll with it.”
• That’s a excellent location for the Cubs to be, proper? To be recognized as a location (like the Rays and Dodgers) where by pitchers can go to get their occupations back on keep track of? It will give the Cubs more choices in this tier, and an even improved chance to get their favored picks. It is not the sexiest tier of the totally free agent (and trade and waiver) sector, but it issues.
• The deadline to exchange arbitration numbers is this afternoon (for the Cubs, that usually means Ian Happ and Willson Contreras), which – in a ordinary calendar year – is the day that you see a ton of settlements. I have no clue if which is likely to be the case or not today. You would also probably see SOME extensions around this time, but again, no concept if this year’s strange and compressed program will manage it.
• We did see just one extension yesterday, 27-year-outdated infield Ryan McMahon signing a 6-calendar year, $70 million deal with the Rockies. He experienced two extra a long time of arbitration still left, but rather will lock up his existence-shifting dollars. Not a lousy selection for a guy who has however to publish an above-normal offensive season (by wRC+). The glove rated out quite perfectly at third and second, however, so this could wind up a excellent deal for both of those sides. Cleary the Rockies want to make McMahon and Kris Bryant their new cornerstones for the subsequent fifty percent-ten years.
• Brailyn Marquez was slowed in his arrival to camp this 12 months by one more circumstance of COVID-19, even though last year’s was a great deal worse:
Cubs major pitching prospect Brailyn Márquez is in camp soon after a symptomatic circumstance of COVID-19 delayed his arrival.
— Chicago Tribune Sporting activities (@ChicagoSports) March 21, 2022
• Marquez says he dealt with the myocarditis all the way right up until November, and it might have been a immediate factor in the shoulder challenge that had him shut down. Right after that, the Cubs’ system for him was akin to a pitcher coming off operation, and they laid it all out for him in advance of the lockout. Of system, even if Marquez followed it to a tee, there was no permitted interaction with the staff, so any tweaks or adjustments or this or that could not be altered on the fly. And then COVID hit him once again. Just a horrible set of conditions, and although I like that HE feels optimistic sufficient to be completely ready to go when the slight league season starts in just a pair months, I do not consider anybody else should really be anticipating nearly anything near to that. To preserve my expectations in check, I’ll say if he’s pitching at Double-A Tennessee by May possibly, I would consider that as a get.
• It sounds like the lbs Keegan Thompson missing this offseason were being found by Justin Steele – though a person rotation competitor slimmed down, the other bulked up. Steele included 23(!) lbs . this offseason many thanks to foods made by his girlfriend (Tribune). Steele undoubtedly had some room to insert some bulk, so with any luck , it is the kind of superior weight that’ll build a very little far more endurance through starts and throughout the time.
• With small league selections remaining, if factors remain super crowded to start the season, it’s achievable (unlikely?) that each Thompson and Steele could be optioned to the minors at first.
• First Carlos Correa and now Kevin Goldstein. The Twins are just Consuming this offseason:
Hello every person. I am saddened to be leaving @fangraphs and also extremely joyful and fired up to inform you I’m becoming a member of the Minnesota Twins as a Unique Assistant, Player Staff. Here’s a a lot extended thank you to FanGraphs, and of class the readers and listeners. https://t.co/w377I27OZD
— Kevin Goldstein (@Kevin_Goldstein) March 22, 2022
• Son of a … When the Cardinals get a player with a title like this, it is an All-Star lock scenario:
— MLB Roster Moves (@MLBRostersMoves) March 21, 2022
• Nick Castellanos states MLB owners possibly care about successful or they really don’t:
— NBC Sports activities Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 21, 2022
• This is great:
— Evident SHIRTS® (@obvious_shirts) March 22, 2022
• Oneil Cruz is periodically heading to be a challenge, and evidently you must definitely not pitch him down:
WE Do not KNOW THE Distance BUT ONEIL CRUZ Strike THIS BASEBALL Seriously Actually Considerably. pic.twitter.com/3RxHNYTEyy
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 21, 2022
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