Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic have written a fantastically revealing article about the 2019 Chicago Cubs. The story, on the surface anyway, might be confused for one of those pre-Opening Day team philosophy pieces in which a bunch of players and executives talk about how they need to “go about their business” a better way, focus on the little things and all of that common, cliche-driven material. The whole thing reads like a warning shot from the front office toward the players and coaching staff, with Joe Maddon standing out as a particular subject of rebuke.
Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:22 pm
The Chicago Cubs have designated reliever Brian Duensing for assignment. The Cubs also announced Sunday they had signed Tim Collins to a one-year deal, and then optioned the left-hander to Triple-A Iowa. Collins had no record and a 4.37 ERA in 38 appearances with Washington last season.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 8:45 pm
The Chicago Cubs will option outfielder Ian Happ to Triple-A Iowa, meaning he won’t start the season on the big-league roster. Happ, 24, was unhappy with the decision, according to manager Joe Maddon. A lot of the veterans have accepted him very readily, which doesn’t happen often with young players.” At Iowa, Happ is expected to get time in centerfield, second base and third base.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 4:39 pm
Second baseman Scooter Gennett will miss eight to 12 weeks because of the right groin strain he sustained during a spring training game, the Cincinnati Reds announced Saturday. Gennett walked gingerly as he was helped off the field on Friday, and he was later taken from the dugout on a golf cart. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic said Saturday that with Gennett’s injury, Jose Iglesias will play shortstop and Jose Peraza will man second base.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 12:38 am
Texas Rangers pitcher Jason Hammel has announced his retirement after 13 big-league seasons. Hammel, 36, decided to walk away despite learning one day earlier that he had made the Rangers’ 25-man roster. Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez will replace him on the active roster, according to The Athletic.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 7:10 pm