Mike Borzello

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One night at the winter meetings, in the lobby of a Walt Disney World resort, a team official described Jeff Samardzija’s camp and Theo Epstein’s front office playing a game of chicken.

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MESA, Ariz. — Welington Castillo heard it from teammates after admiring the home run he crushed onto Cubs Park’s left-field berm during an intrasquad scrimmage.

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MESA, Ariz. – Photos of iconic catchers line the walls at the far end of the clubhouse.

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MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs plan to build around Welington Castillo. They just need to keep their 26-year-old catcher on the field.

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MESA, Ariz. — Jason Hammel used air quotes to make his point: “I don’t want to be that guy that’s ‘flipped.’”

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