Here's the latest from around the web:
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Patrick Mooney talks about the Cubs' trade for Dexter Fowler, saying that trading Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily seems like a small price to pay for a team that thinks it will be a contender in 2015.
- After all of the moves that the Cubs have made this offseason, they still have their major prospects. For Mooney that means that if the Cubs find themselves in the hunt for the playoffs this season, they'll have plenty of trade chips to cash in at this year's trading deadline.
- Jed Hoyer reiterated that he doesn't see the Cubs making a major play for another frontline starter, so any ripple effects from Max Scherzer signing with the Nationals probably won't find their way to the North Side.
- While Cub fans shouldn't expect to see Kris Bryant on the Opening Day roster, he hopes to make the decision a difficult one for the front office in Spring Training.
- [VIDEO] Tony Andracki gets reactions to "The Guarantee" by Anthony Rizzo from the fans at the Cubs convention.
- I'm truly beginning to wonder if the Cubs' MLB.com staff is on extended leave; they have not had a new story since December 31.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jesse Rogers gives his analysis of the trade for Fowler, saying that the Cubs' lineup now has some legitimacy to it.
- Does the acquisition of Fowler have any impact on the plans for Kris Bryant? Simply put: No.
- Rogers also looks at Hoyer's statement about the roster looking the same now as it will when Spring Training starts and finds the "maybe" for acquiring another starter.
- More recap from the convention, this time about Joe Maddon and how he commanded every room he entered over the weekend.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- Mark Gonzales also believes that the Cubs have set themselves up very well for potential moves later in the season.
- Another player that was involved in the recruitment of Jon Lester: The Red Baron himself, Rick Sutcliffe.
- [VIDEO] Jason McLeod speaks about the signing of reliever Daniel Bard.
- Which will arrive at Wrigley Field first, completed bleachers or Kris Bryant? Vote now!
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Gordon Wittenmyer recaps the convention and tells readers what he learned in the packed ballrooms and byways of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.
- Who else was pleased to see that the Cubs managed to improve their roster while not losing any of their top prospects? Player-development executive Jaron Madison.
From the Daily Herald:
- When Theo Epstein came to his first Cubs convention in 2012, Bruce Miles awarded him four "guitars" for bringing a rock-star quality to the event. This year he gives Joe Maddon not only the guitars, but also the bass, drums, and he'll even throw in a saxophone.
- Barry Rozner writes that even if the Cubs fall short in 2015, players and fans still know that the goal has changed.
From Cubs Den:
- Much has been said about the subpar defensive numbers for Dexter Fowler. Can he improve those numbers at Wrigley Field? John Arguello says that he wouldn't be the first outfielder to do so.
- Arguello also looks at the possible lineup and roster options for Joe Maddon with Fowler now on the team.
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- Tim Duxbury takes a slight departure from his normal weekly Bold Prediction by analyzing Anthony Rizzo's Bold Prediction instead.
Today's food for thought:
- Suffering from too much foam at the top of your glass of beer? Try a little grease.
- Photographer Levi Bettweiser found 31 rolls of undeveloped film at an auction in Ohio last year. Not a big deal, except that the photos were taken 70 years ago by an unknown American soldier during World War II.