The Cubs are approaching Spring Training as if they have a six-man starting staff, with Montgomery included among the six.
The Reds open Spring Training today with the arrival of pitchers and catchers at camp, and thus formally begins the deepest and most competitive battle for a job — the fifth spot in Cincinnati’s rotation.
The Reds’ second baseman says he got the RV so he could bring his dog, Leo, to Arizona.
Whoever fills the void in the Pirates’ outfield won’t be asked to replace Andrew McCutchen. For one, it’s not possible to supplant the former face of the franchise who was also, by most metrics, Pittsburgh’s most productive hitter a year ago.
Francisco Cervelli felt the same initial sadness most of Pittsburgh experienced after seeing Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole traded last month. Cervelli called McCutchen “the king of Pittsburgh” and said Cole had the “best arm I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Joe Maddon likes to mix and match, and he has five outfielders to fit into three spots each game. This spring, it will be interesting to see how the Cubs balance playing time for Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr.
The Cubs welcomed Yu Darvish to their Spring Training facility on Tuesday.
Ten years, three teams, thousands of sliders and two combined World Series titles separate Luke Gregerson’s two appearances at St. Louis Cardinals camp, a wider moat than many cross to debut with the team that drafted them.
Pitchers and catchers are due to officially report to Cardinals camp today, but most already have. More than a dozen pitchers took to mounds Monday to throw bullpen sessions, looking to find some early feel under the Florida sun. So in a sense, the biggest positional battles of this camp have already begun.
On an early morning stroll through the backfields at the Cardinals’ Spring Training complex, Jordan Schafer, glove in hand, glanced at the row of pitching mounds and shook his head. “Not today,” he said, before jogging toward a distant outfield.
Jimmy Nelson’s uncertain timetable means opportunity for someone else as the Brewers use Spring Training to sort out the back end of the starting rotation.
The position players are set. There’s a new closer. And there’s going to be a new starter in camp in Yu Darvish. The emphasis this spring for Cubs manager Joe Maddon will be making sure they have enough depth to get to the postseason for a fourth straight year.