We look at five of the top storylines as the Chicago Cubs enter Spring Training. And did MLB really rank Max Muncy ahead of Anthony Rizzo? Credibility? Gone.
As the Chicago Cubs start to arrive in Mesa, the excitement of Spring Training is beginning to rise. Even without any big names added to the roster (yet, at least), there are plenty of things to talk about. Will Yu Darvish come back healthy and productive? How will the Cubs address the second base situation while Addison Russell is out? And how are they going to proceed with him in the future? It’s the elephant in the room. We all hope for the best, but it’s always in the back of your mind. These and a few others to watch as Cubs enter camp.
So, MLB walks into a bar. “Hey! Max Muncy is better than Anthony Rizzo!” Sadly, this is not a complete joke. The bar is. Muncy is not. All the big names you would expect were on the list. Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Joey Votto and…Muncy? Yep. One spot before Rizzo. I have to say that MLB has pretty much lost all credibility with me. And while you know that Rizzo will never address this publicly, he’ll tend to it on the field to let MLB know how stupid this ranking was.
Well, the Cubs did sign another pitcher. That’s a good thing, right? The team continues to add depth with the signing of Christian Bergmann. He pitched in Seattle last season but saw minimal time at the major league level. His chances of making the bullpen out of camp are very slim, but he does offer that depth that ends up so crucial throughout the season.
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These and other stories you might have missed:
‘The top 5 storylines entering Spring Training’ – Cubbies Crib
‘MLB ranks Muncy ahead of Rizzo for NL first baseman’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Cubs add Christian Bergman on a minor league deal‘ – Cubbies Crib
‘Cubs Sign Hard-Throwing Righty Robert Robbins’ – Bleacher Nation