Chicago Cubs News: MLB realignment, Pete Crow-Armstrong, and more

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As we wait for Spring Training to start for the Chicago Cubs next week, many outlets are taking this time to share various ideas that may be lost in the fray of business once there is daily news generated from each team. That is what The Athletic did on Tuesday as they unveiled what Major League Baseball's realigned divisions may look like once another team or two is added.

A world where the Cubs do not have the St. Louis Cardinals as a divisional rival is not a world that I would want to be a part of. The Cubs and Cardinals are one of the best rivalries in all of Major League Baseball and that is a rivalry that should continue regardless of the expansion that occurs in the coming years.

The Cubs and Chicago White Sox in the same division would actually add some meaning to the intercity rivalry, though.

Pete Crow-Armstrong gets love on MLB Network

MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi spoke on the ascension of Chicago Cubs' top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong on Tuesday and while confirming that Crow-Armstrong will not make the team out of Spring Training, he did not rule out the idea of the team's top prospect making his Major League debut in 2023.

Noted Chicago Cubs fan makes NBA History

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James set the NBA All-Time scoring record on Tuesday night as he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and now has 38,390 points scored over the course of his career. Let's not forget the time that LeBron James lost a bet to Dwyane Wade in 2016 and was forced to don Chicago Cubs' gear.

Chicago Cubs reveal their Wrigley Field promotions for 2023

The Chicago Cubs revealed their promotions for home games at Wrigley Field during the 2023 season and fans should absolutely be excited.

Chicago Cubs land five-prospects on Baseball America's Top-100 dynasty prospects list.

Baseball America released their Top-100 dynasty prospects on Tuesday and the Cubs were well represented. This list differs from the standard prospect rankings as it offers insight into what prospects may have the best value for several seasons ahead instead of just narrowing it to 2023 specifically.

1. Center fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong (31)

Crow-Armstrong has skyrocketed up prospect rankings after a breakoutseason in 2022. Expect his climb to continue in 2023 as he inches closer to the Major League level.

2. First baseman Matt Mervis (56)

Like Crow-Armstrong, Mervis had a breakout season in 2022 as well where he clubbed 36 home runs across three levels of the Cubs' minor-league system. Mervis could be the first prospect that reaches the Major League level this season.

3. Outfielder Alexander Canario (74)

Canario likely would have been candidate to potentially break camp with the Major League Baseball team had it not been for a freak shoulder/ankle injury he suffered during the Arizona Fall League.

4. Outfielder Kevin Alcantara (83)

Alcantara is the prospect that many are tapping to have the type of breakout in 2023 that Crow-Armstrong had in 2022. If that reaches fruition, Alcantara may jump to the top of the team's prospect rankings.

5. Outfielder Brennen Davis (97)

After a back injury thwarted his development in 2022, Davis has a lot to prove in 2023. He lost his top prospect ranking with the Cubs in favor of Crow-Armstrong and, if healthy, could be on a path to restore his value.