The Rundown: Spring Breakout Rosters Announced, Kilian Hurt, Caissie Gets High Praise, Stanek to Mariners

There is no preamble today because I have been called into an all-hands meeting as I was composing today’s Rundown. Those types of meetings are never good, especially when the country is on the precipice of a recession. So maybe cross your fingers and start creating a fundraiser for me.

Apologies for that, but I’ll be back Monday with the usual rigmarole found here on the daily.

Just like during the rain delays back in the Cubs’ WGN days, I have backup programming ready for an occasion such as this one.

Cubs News & Notes

Odds & Sods

Man, I wish Andrew Chafin still played for the Cubs. Long live The Sheriff, my favorite reliever since Rod Beck.

Central Intelligence

I’d like to add a quick note here if you do not mind. This has become my favorite section because I believe the Cardinals are destined for a long run of ineptitude. They’re aging and their farm system is as weak as it’s ever been, at least as I see it. They’ll be lower third once Masyn Winn gets his big league gig. May they stay at the bottom all season long! Sláinte!

Climbing the Ladder

Owen Caissie won’t make the Opening Day roster, but Jim Bowden of The Athletic believes the young outfielder could see big league playing time ($) before the end of the season. I suppose the inimitable Dick Vitale would call Caissie a diaper dandy if he was announcing baseball games, and thankfully, he is not.

“He’s having an impressive spring training with the Cubs, going 10-for-23 so far with scouts across the league raving about him. He’ll probably start the season in Triple-A and force his way to the majors later this year. He’s a special talent.”

Do we still miss Yu Darvish?

Spring Training News & Notes

The Mariners and reliever Ryne Stanek have reached an agreement on a one-year deal, though the financials are still unavailable.

Seattle might pursue starter and NL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell next.

The Red Sox and starter Brayan Bello have reached an agreement on a six-year, $55 million extension. Boston also holds an option to add a seventh year at $21 million.

Chris Sale is not ready to call this phase of his career a rebirth, but he’s healthy and hopes to lead the Braves to a world championship.

Uniform issues have dominated the headlines for a few weeks, but perhaps Congress should be lighting a fire beneath the sports apparel behemoth’s bottom.

If you’re interested in seeing all of the Spring Breakout rosters, call MLB Pipeline “Johnny-on-the-Spot.”

Apropos of Nothing

If you want to give a fantastic gift to somebody special, may I recommend The Complete Stax/Volt Singles (1959-68) Box Set? What a fantastic package covering 244 songs on nine full-length discs.

Extra Innings

Head for the mountains!

They Said It

  • “I expect some really hard [40-man roster] decisions. I mean, it’s a good problem to have, and also knowing that the guys that we put out there on waivers are going to get claimed so it’s just a matter of, like, can we find trades if we have to do that? It’s hard to get to that place where you know that you’re potentially sending good players out to other teams.” – Counsell
  • “I think Caleb was off to a great start. Talking to him, he should be very confident of where he was, right? And that should really help him over the next couple months here, and motivate him, that he should be really excited about how he was throwing [the] baseball. There was a lot to like, and he certainly got my attention.” – Counsell
  • “[Shaw’s] work ethic is pretty exceptional. I think he’s just one of those guys who is like, ‘Oh, you want me to play third? Great. I’m just going to take a gazillion ground balls at third and I’ll work as hard as I can there.’ I just think that whatever task or thing we give him, he’s just going to tackle it like that, which is great. That’s his personality.” – Jed Hoyer

Friday Walk-Up Song

Opening Day is 19 sleeps away, we spring forward this weekend, and barbecues, bathing suits, and flip-flops are right around the corner.

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