Morning Marquee: Dexter Fowler trade analysis; Lester not a fan of pitch clock
Chicago Cubs’ fans are still buzzing about the Dexter Fowler acquisition, and what it means for several other players on the roster. Fowler brings a strong ability to get on-base, which makes him an immediate candidate to bat leadoff. The move will also create a shuffle in the field, as he will likely also take over in center field. But for Joe Maddon, that’s a good thing as he loves to have versatility on his bench.
The trial of the pitch clock received positive feedback in the Arizona Fall League, and now will get an extended look at the Double-A and Triple-A levels this year. The Cubs’ Jon Lester will not be a spokesperson for the idea anytime soon. Lester has made it clear the game is “beautiful” as it is, and the pitch clock will only take away from that.
Before Lester, the expected ace of the Cubs’ staff was Jake Arrieta. He gladly takes a backseat to Lester, and becomes possibly the biggest “X-factor” on the Cubs staff. Following a breakout 2014, if he can replicate, or improve on last season, they could have two aces on the staff that could become a surprising force in leading the Cubs this year.
These stories and others you might have missed from around the league:
‘Lester not a fan of the pitch clock’ – Cubbies Crib
‘A deeper look at what Fowler brings to the Cubs’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Astros sign Colby Rasmus’ – Climbing Tal’s Hill
‘Arrieta could be Cubs’ X-factor’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Amaro: Nothing imminent with Hamels’ – MLB.com