GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Cubs have one obvious candidate to start Opening Day in Jeff Samardzija, the longest-tenured guy on the team and a 200-innings/200-strikeouts force.
MESA, Ariz. — The Jason Hammel rebranding began on Monday morning at a mostly empty Cubs Park, in a B game against a no-name lineup of San Francisco Giants.
MESA, Ariz. — Arodys Vizcaino stopped in the middle of the clubhouse and did a few dance moves.
MESA, Ariz. — Jason Hammel used air quotes to make his point: “I don’t want to be that guy that’s ‘flipped.’”
The Cubs missed on their top target in free agency (Masahiro Tanaka) and they’ve considered trading their best pitcher (Jeff Samardzija).