He hasn’t been with the Chicago Cubs very long, but it’s quickly becoming apparent why the club was willing to sign the 37-year-old David Ross, and in all likelihood part ways with Welington Castillo. In a recent interview, Ross spoke about his desire to win in Chicago, as well as understanding his role within the organization. Many who know him feel like he’s destined to manage when his playing days are done. The Cubs hope that trait will help him to be an extension of Joe Maddon and his staff on the field and in the clubhouse.
Jayson Werth is reported to be having shoulder surgery and will miss two to three months to recover. His right shoulder was an issue last season, as he sat out a week, but was able to play on after that. Werth has also made news this off-season after a reckless driving conviction could net him a 10-day prison sentence. He is appealing the sentence.
The Cubs have sold the naming rights to their spring training home, as the 109-year-old company Sloan Valve Company purchased the rights. The facility will now be known as Sloan Park, after being Cubs Park in its first season. Sloan is the sixth Legacy Partner of the Cubs, joining Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Nick Punto have agreed to a Minor League deal per sources. The deal will include an invitation to spring training. Punto will help add depth and leadership to the organization, and is a low-risk signing with no guaranteed Major League money.
Here’s what you might have missed:
‘Ross showing his value to the Cubs early’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Werth to have shoulder surgery, miss 2-3 months’ – District on Deck
‘Cubs rename spring home Sloan Park’ – MLB.com
‘Diamondbacks, Nick Punto agree to Minor League deal’ – Venom Strikes
‘Former Cub Mark Grudzielanek new Kane County manager’ – Cubbies Crib