Chicago Cubs News: Schwarber’s mission; Grimm’s expectations

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For the Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber it’s not about “looking trim”. He’s on a mission to be the best. And Justin Grimm survived the winter, but will he make it through the spring?

When Chicago Cubs‘ outfielder Kyle Schwarber is told he can’t do something, it probably means he’s going to do it. Blow out your knee, and you’re done for the year? Eh, come back for the World Series and be one of the heroes. People keep telling you that you’re a DH and should be traded? I’d look out. Schwarber wants to be an MVP and a Gold Glover. And while that may sound crazy, he’s without a doubt putting in the work to get there.

Justin Grimm survived the winter by the slimmest of margins. He was tendered a contract not because he deserved it, but it was an affordable deal. The Cubs need depth, and for now, Grimm is part of it. The once valuable reliever has fallen from grace, but can he turn things around and help stabilize the Cubs pen?

The talk around Manny Machado has reached new levels. Once thought to be just a rumor has gotten to be just a little bit…extreme? The Cubs are one of the teams still in on Machado, as well as the White Sox (Why?) over on the South Side. We’ve looked from every angle, and it’s still hard to put together a deal that makes sense, at least for the Cubs.

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Schwarber’s out to prove his doubters wrong’ – Cubbies Crib

‘What does 2017 hold for Grimm?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘What would a Machado deal even look like?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘The trade for Longoria confuses things even more’ – Around the Foghorn

‘Orioles’ Britton ruptures Achilles tendon’ – Birds Watcher

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