The Cubs are not expected to end their 105-year championship drought this season.
That's not news. But if this team isn't a contender, fans want something to watch and cheer for.
They got it Thursday when it was announced two young players — Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish — were named to the Opening Day roster. But another young guy making headlines was sent down to Triple-A last weekend.
Javier Baez led the Cactus League with five homers and while spring training stats don't matter (he hit at least a couple blasts off guys who will be bagging groceries within a couple weeks), it was the second straight camp where Baez dominated and turned heads.
So was sending him down the right move?
Fresh off his trip to Arizona, David Kaplan debated the move with Thursday's SportsTalk Live panel, but everybody was in agreement that it was the right call for the Cubs front office.
Kap talked to Theo Epstein and the Cubs president of baseball operations brought up a good point — the same people crying for Baez to be in the majors now also get upset when Starlin Castro makes a fundamental mistake. Unlike Castro, who was rushed along from Double-A to the big leagues, Baez will learn the fundamentals and the finer points of the game in Triple-A.
There's no need to rush Baez. He should be here soon enough.