Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts opened the team’s new $84 million spring training facility alongside Mesa, Ariz. mayor Scott Smith with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. A replica of the Wrigley Field marquee also is located on the main concourse, where fans can pose for photos and have their names displayed on the sign.
The Oakland Athletics plan to move to the Cubs’ old facility next year after renovations are made. The first game at the Cubs’ new ballpark is Feb. 27 against the Diamondbacks.
The Cincinnati Reds claimed Cubs’ RHP Brett Marshall off waivers and the Minnesota Twins did the same with Brooks Raley. This frees up two roster spots for the Cubs, which will likely be for pitchers Jason Hammel and James McDonald.
Around the league, future Hall of Famer and New York Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter announced he will retire after this year. Jeter and the Yankees play the Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 20 and 21. Pitcher A.J. Burnett also agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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