Planting the seeds:
- Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Cubs prospect notes -- Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jiminez, Dan Vogelbach, ratings, and more. February has historically been about prospects and the minors.
- Gleyber Torres in action.[VIDEO]
- Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Cubs have reportedly had a private workout with Cuban free agent Guillermo Heredia. Heredia, 25, is a plus center fielder with a light bat.
Tending the crop:
- Chicago Cubs Online: Down on the farm report. Caribbean League edition. Who's there?
- Kyle Thele (Chicago Sun-Times): The Cubs have six players among the top 100 MLB prospects. As reported extensively on BCB, the Cub's cupboard isn't bare. Even on a slow news day.
- Jared Wyllys (Cub Den): The surprising case of Arismendy Alcantara. Can the former prospect regain his stroke? Will he learn to recognize offspeed pitches quickly enough to save his career?
- Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Chris Coghlan using metrics to become the best fourth outfielder in baseball. "..in becoming a more well-rounded player he may have just turned himself into the best extra outfielder in the game."
- Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Building a great roster is step one, but being flexible in-season is a critical step two. "It’s important to remember that the front office’s work toward succeeding on the field in 2016 doesn’t stop when the offseason stops."
The Perfect Blend:
- Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Latest on Dexter Fowler's market: White Sox, Rangers, maybe -- Cubs, maybe not. Dave Kaplan "is hearing that it’s not likely going to be a reunion for the Cubs and Fowler..."
- David Schoenfield (ESPN): Don't Hate the DH. These players would be good options for NL teams. Kyle Schwarber is on the list. Some other names might surprise you.
- Nicholas D. Blazek (Cubbies Crib): The reversal of roles for Ben Zobrist and Javier Baez. Zobrist heads into camp with a starting job, and Baez is the supersub.
- Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Dreaming on Neil Ramirez despite a crowded Cubs bullpen. Injuries have hampered the career of the Cubs' reliever, who shone in 2014. And he's out of options. It's the MLB roster or waivers.
- Thomas Kohs (isportsweb): Why Jon Lester will reclaim ace status. "Lester’s improvement this upcoming season should be attributed to the fact that last season was his first pitching in the National League... Arrieta should also come back to earth a little."
- David Schoenfield (ESPN): Top five offseason moves. John Lackey figures in the figuring.
- Chicago Cubs Online: Anthony Rizzo ranked No. 4 on MLB Network's list of first basemen. "The Shredder" ranked Rizzo as the seventh best first baseman a year ago prior to Spring Training.
- Thomas Kohs (isportsweb): Why Hector Rondon is an elite closer. Making a case for more recognition.
- Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): A look back at the magical summer of 1984 and the men who made it happen. "...reviewing the tenure of the infamous Dallas Green."
Food for thought:
- Chris Landers (Cut4): Abe Vigoda had his own baseball card. "He stood stalwart in the face of high cholesterol."
- Computer simulations heat up hunt for "planet nine". For a planet that hasn’t technically been discovered yet, Planet Nine is generating a lot of buzz.
- The science behind a good cup of coffee. "...it’s worth noting that not every cup of coffee is equal."
"But some are more equal than others." -- Mrs. Orwell.