From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Lou Piniella thinks that Joe Maddon will be up to the task of managing the Cubs. While speaking on the Kap and Haugh show on Monday, Piniella also said that the players will enjoy playing for Maddon and that the city of Chicago will enjoy his leadership.
- RBI Baseball 2015 is coming soon, and Anthony Rizzo is on the cover. I'm not sure if there's an RBI Baseball curse to watch out for.
- Jon Lester is already in Mesa and said that if the Cubs are going to contend, the players will need to mesh as a unit.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jesse Rogers looks at what can be learned from the Cubs' pursuit of James Shields.
From CBS Chicago:
- Well, I guess somebody had to do it... with Shields now off the table, Bruce Levine picks up the trail of a possible pursuit of Cole Hamels.
From Cubs Den:
- Taking the other side of the debate, John Arguello says that he expects the Cubs to still make a move or two before the season starts, but one of those moves will not be for another top-tier pitcher.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- In case you haven't been following any of the activity this offseason, Colleen Kane recaps the additions and subtractions made on both sides of town since the end of the 2014 season. Oh, and welcome to the new Cub Tracks. I'm your new host, Russ La Croix.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- Chris Bosio spoke on Saturday with Bruce Levine and Wayne Randazzo on 670 The Score's Inside the Clubhouse.
From Cubbies Crib:
- Nicholas Blazek is happy that the Cubs didn't make a four-year offer to James Shields, saying that given the place the Cubs are in right now it would have been a terrible signing.
- Jake Arrieta was the starting pitcher on Saturday for the TCU Horned Frogs alumni team that played against the second-ranked 2015 TCU team. The 2015 Horned Frogs beat the alumni team handily by a score of 9-1.
- More back-of-the-rotation discussion: Juan Pablo Aravena looks at the (slim) chance of Jacob Turner taking the final spot.
- Want to re-live some pain from the recent past? Tobey Johnson gives his list of the five worst free-agent signings in Cubs history. I can feel the agony already.
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- You want bold predictions? Here's a potential doozie from Tim Duxbury: Miguel Montero will make the All-Star team in 2015.
From Cubs Insider:
- In case you're not a fan of Tom Ricketts, Evan Altman can offer this solace: At least he's not New York Knicks owner James Dolan.
Today's food for thought:
- Maps galore! Eric Fischer has complied a flickr album of 136 cities showing where tourists and locals take photos.
- Talk about cabin fever: A snowed-in grad student at Michigan State University's High-Performance Computing Center recently spent his downtime trying to answer the eternal question of "Where's Waldo?".