So, uh, what do you want to talk about? The links might be lighter than you expected. You can only rehash the same topic so much. And I'm sure not linking to the smarmy, dipstick columnists who get off on days like this.
From Comcast SportsNet
- New hitting coach Bill Mueller is using the 2004 Red Sox team to make a point with the Cubs' prospects.
- As you know, the Cubs lost on the bidding for a Japanese ace.
- (Video) David Ortiz thinks Theo Epstein will bring a World Series to the Cubs.
From Cubs Den
- Prospect lists come in all shapes and sizes. This list is an interesting take: it looks at the top 25 prospects in MLB signed or drafted since 2012. The list illustrates the importance of high draft picks and large IFA bonus pools.
- The position-by-position previews continue by diving into the juicy sub-plot that features Starlin Castro and Javier Baez.
- Right or wrong, Theo Epstein is playing a different game than many other baseball execs. And he's hoping it creates his own symphony.
- So... where do the Cubs go from here? Everyone has different ideas.
- Among baseball's third base prospects, Kris Bryant ranks second.
- And Bryant's future looks bright after a dynamic debut.
- And fellow prospect Albert Almora came in at 4th among outfield prospects.
- The club is undeterred and is moving on after missing out on Tanaka.
- Mesa's Cactus League roots go back to the 1940s (part one) and on to today and new Cubs Park (part two).
Today's food for thought
- These videos show the flight paths of individual birds. Pretty wild.