Here's the latest from around the web:
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Despite the struggles that Albert Almora faced last season, the Cubs are grateful for the way that things played out for him and feel it will be beneficial for his development.
- When it comes to speculation about the lineup, Joe Maddon isn't worrying about it.
- [VIDEO] Curtis Granderson may play in New York, but his roots are firmly in Chicago.
- The full broadcast schedule for Spring Training is now available; 30 of the 33 spring games will be on television, radio or online radio broadcast. You can also find more info in Al's front-page story from last night.
- Starlin Castro is in Mesa getting a head start on Spring Training. After moving his family to Arizona in January, he's feeling healthy and, more importantly, safe. He may even be in the best shape of his life.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jesse Rogers spoke with Bob Gale, writer of all three "Back to the Future" movies, about the famous scene of the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015. Gale said that he would like some tickets from Joe Maddon if it actually happens.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- The 'stache is in St. Louis now: Carlos Villanueva has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cardinals.
- A campaign is underway in the city of Dallas to honor Ernie Banks.
From the Daily Herald:
- Mike Imrem ponders the contrasting ways to live life by looking at the public opinion of Ernie Banks and Marshawn Lynch.
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello continues his 2015 Organizational Previews with the final stop in the minor leagues: the Iowa Cubs.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- Billy McKinney didn't make the MLB Pipeline list of the top 100 prospects, but he did make the list of 20 players that caught Jim Callis' eye outside of the top 100.
- Not only did the Cubs claim lefty reliever Drake Britton from the Red Sox, but Jon Heyman also reports that they signed another lefty reliever, Pedro Feliciano, to a minor-league contract.
From Cubbies Crib:
- Well, if you're going to have a discussion about the pitcher to possibly take the final spot in the rotation, I guess you have to include Edwin Jackson. Tobey Johnson falls on the sword and makes the case for him.
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- Tim Duxbury takes a shot a predicting the Cubs' opening day roster.
From Cubs Insider:
- If you're a fan of infographics, you'll love this article from Evan Altman that shows the offensive output of Major League shortstops in colorful and pentagonal form.
Today's food for thought:
- Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is well-known as the location of their annual Groundhog Day celebration. Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was also the location of their annual Groundhog Hunt. I wonder if groundhogs taste like chicken.
- Australia is plagued by cane toads, a species that was originally introduced to the continent in the 1930s to deal with pests that were attacking crops. The solution they have come up with to deal with the problem is surprisingly simple: Put up a fence.
- If you're heading to France in the immediate future you may want to pick up a game of Monopoly while you're there. Why, you ask? As part of the 80th-anniversary celebration of the game, Hasbro is releasing 80 boxes there that have real money in them including one box that replaces the entire set of Monopoly money with real cash.