Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish, Anthony Rizzo and more

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Will the rash of extensions in the league, will the Chicago Cubs consider one for Anthony Rizzo before free agency? And should the Cubs wait for Yu Darvish and his debut?

The Chicago Cubs have several talented players on this club they’d like to keep for a while. But when it comes to free agency, you can’t keep everyone. But lately, extensions have been coming back. Whether it be how players have seen how free agency has been going, or that they would like to stay where they are at. Players are signing them at what feels like a record pace, with the Houston Astros signing three of them this year, alone. Could Anthony Rizzo be one of the first, or should it be him?

The Cubs’ Yu Darvish is healthy, with a simple blister creating a scare that stormed through Cubs Nation. Even with that, the Cubs should be cautious and move Darvish from the Opening Series in Texas. He’s likely going to want to face the Rangers, but it isn’t necessary. Darvish is an investment, and the Cubs need to make sure he’s as healthy as he can be to start the season.

The Cubs didn’t sign a backup catcher this offseason, which was considered one of their ‘needs’ by most publications and media outlets. But time hasn’t run out yet, as many times catchers are some of the first to get cut in Spring Training, or offered in trade. Sandy Leon is being shopped by the Red Sox. Should the Cubs take a more in-depth look at him?

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These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Is a Rizzo extension coming soon?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘The Cubs should push back Darvish’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Is Sandy Leon on the team’s radar?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Great unknown for all 30 teams’ – MLB.com

‘What a GM sees watching a game’ – ESPN

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