Chicago Cubs News: Brandon Morrow a steal? How key is team’s bench?

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After two years of highly-recognized closers, the Chicago Cubs went a different route this year. And, once again, the club’s depth could decide how the year goes.

Another day, another Cactus League win for the Chicago Cubs. Veteran left-hander Jon Lester tossed five shutout frames, dropping his ERA on the spring to 1.93 and minor leaguer David Bote drove in a pair – as he continues to hit well.

As far as mainstays go, Kyle Schwarber took Matt Shoemaker deep in the third, hitting an absolute rocket onto the berm in right field. Albert Almora added an RBI, as well. With the win over the Angels, Chicago moves to 11-2 on the spring.

Around Major League Baseball, Mike Moustakas‘ return to Kansas City on a one-year, $6.5 million deal continues to dominate storylines. MLBTR predicted an $85 million deal for the third baseman, but after a market failed to materialize, he wound up back with the Royals. Pitching still dominates the market, though, with Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb all still seeking homes.

On Saturday, the Cubs battle the White Sox at Sloan Park. Lucas Giolito takes the ball for the South Siders opposite former Cy Young runner-up Kyle Hendricks at 2:05 p.m. CT.

These and other stories you might have missed:

La Stella adds some bounce to Cubs camp –

Is Brandon Morrow steal of the offseason? – Cubbies Crib

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs win 6-1, Lester smooth – Bleacher Nation

Jon Lester’s State of the 2018 Cubs – The Athletic (subscription required)

Unsung heroes could change the story in 2018 – Cubbies Crib

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