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Cub Tracks Gets In Early

Wayward no more, our center fielder is in camp.

Smile when you say HEY!
Smile when you say HEY!
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Gotta say, that sends the right message to everybody. Don't know about you, but I'm already a fan. Go #22!

Leading off:

  • Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago): Pressure? Expectations? Cubs send message to Jason Heyward -- just be yourself. Joe Maddon will have a simple message for Jason Heyward in spring training.
  • CBS Chicago: Jason Heyward arrives 10 days early for spring training. Perhaps the excitement for 2016 was too much for Heyward.
  • John Arguello (Cubs Den): Jason Heyward takes batting practice. [VIDEO] Yeah, it's from Friday. But it's freaking Jason freaking Heyward taking freaking batting practice as a freaking Chicago Cub.

Writes of spring:

  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times): After winning winter, Cubs start trying to win October. Can this season be considered successful if the Cubs don't win it all?
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune): Pre-spring training outlook for Cubs' 2016 roster. Adam Warren, Trevor Cahill, Clayton Richard and perhaps Travis Wood will be building endurance in the event of injury. Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey to be eased in. Not too many spots open, few surprises.
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times): Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez, and the fifth element. Wittenmyer writes about three spring training issues. The last concerns the back-end of the starting rotation, e.g., "The Fifth Element". Don't you just love that? Milla does.

Three and out:

  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo lead the way in Cubs fantasy rankings. Other players don't fare as well.
  • The Cub Reporter: The designated hitter, the Cubs, and Stanley Kubrick. The article isn't much, but that gif is priceless. It's a SELLERS market.
  • Myles Phelps (Cubs Den): Trading a star, is it worth the risk? Phelps juggles various permutations of arguments for and against trading for Mike Trout.

Play by play:

  • Adam Sanford (DRays Bay): Book Review: Position To Win, by Dewayne Staats. The former Cubs broadcaster has penned a tome. "A Look at Baseball and Life from the Best Seat in the House."
  • John Arguello (Cubs Den): Thoughts on Cubs organizational rankings. Arguello examines the ratings produced by various agencies.
  • Bruce Levine (CBS Chicago): Rob Manfred says Cubs will get All-Star Game soon. "Manfred, a guest on 670 the Score radio station’s 'Inside the Clubhouse' on Saturday, said the Cubs are doing everything right to get the game soon."

In a pinch:

  • Luis Medina (Bleacher Nation): Fans believe Addison Russell will be much better than projections do. Projections are conservative for the budding star.
  • Chicago Cubs Online: Orioles prefer Dexter Fowler, Sox and Cubs still possibilities. Following up on Ken Rosenthal report.
  • Cat Garcis (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Spoiler alert: The Cubs' bench options in 2016 are good. "Something that is so often overlooked when determining how solid a club is going into a new season is the strength of its bench."

Arms race:

  • Thomas Carranante (HNGN): Chicago Cubs rumors: Adam Warren to win starting rotation job over Jason Hammel or Kyle Hendricks. "The newly acquired Warren could be a starter for the Chicago Cubs next season, but he'll have some obstacles to overcome."
  • Thomas Kohs (isportsweb): Why Travis Wood is important. "Wood is so valuable to the Cubs due to his ability to pitch both out of the bullpen and the starting staff."
  • David N. Wilson (Baseball Essential): Breaking down the 2016 Chicago Cubs starting pitching. "A lot depends on how players perform during spring training." That old fifth element again. Love, love, love, uh, uh.....
  • Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago): Jon Lester ready for year two after taking leap of faith with Cubs. "You put a lot of faith in these guys when you sign here that they’re going to do what they say," Lester said. "And they’ve done more."

Food for thought:

And so it goes.