Here's the latest from around the web.
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Despite all of the acquisitions that the Cubs have made this offseason paired with the young talent coming through the system, Patrick Mooney says that Starlin Castro will be the one under the microscope in Spring Training.
- Another season win projection is out, this time from Bovada who put the Cubs at 82½ wins this season.
- [VIDEO] CSN Business Insider Rick Horrow predicts that the Cubs and the White Sox will both be heavily involved in bidding for the All-Star Game for years to come.
- What is Joe Maddon's primary goal in Spring Training? To build relationships and trust.
- Crane Kenney had three messages for Cub fans on Presidents' Day.
From ESPN Chicago:
- More Spring Training previews are rolling in, this time from Jesse Rogers who first previews the Cubs' situation in the infield...
- ...and then takes a look at the situation in the outfield.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- "Baseball Tonight" host Adnan Virk doesn't foresee the Cubs winning the division in 2015, but contention for a Wild Card spot is definitely a possibility.
From the Daily Herald:
- Bullpens always seem to be a question mark from year to year, and Bruce Miles looks at the main concerns facing the Cubs' bullpen this season.
- Miles also looks at the questions facing the starting rotation as pitchers and catchers get ready to report.
From Cubs Den:
- Is there still hope for Mike Olt? John Arguello thinks that Olt's window of opportunity is small, but there is hope he can provide value to the team either as a starter or a role player.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Brett Taylor looks at the recent minor-league signings made by the Cubs.
- Baseball Prospectus revealed their farm system rankings on Monday, and the Cubs are at the top of the list.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- CCO's minor league correspondent Tom Usiak spoke last Friday with Rick Carter on the South Bend Sportsbeat.
From Cubs Insider:
- Should fans be bullish or bearish about Kyle Hendricks this season? Nate Schmidt feels optimistic and has the numbers to support his feelings.
- Here's a piece of trivia for which I didn't know the answer: Who was the pitcher that gave up Ernie Banks' 500th home run? The answer is Pat Jarvis, and from the way he answered the phone call for his interview with Justin Breen he probably gets asked about it a lot.
- [VIDEO] Baseball historian John Thorn spoke with Brian Kenny during an episode of The Greatest Team on MLB Network. The question: Who was the better team, the 1907 Cubs or the 1939 New York Yankees?
Today's food for thought:
- For the historical war buffs out there, here's a look at some of the weapons of war that were great ideas on paper but turned out to be terrible in practice.
- I didn't realize that there was such a thing as the annual New York Toy Fair, but apparently it's a pretty big deal. And they had some pretty cool toys at the 2015 show as seen in this photo gallery.