Saturday, February 18, 2012

News, Notes and Links from Day 1 in Mesa

Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Mesa, Arizona for the start of Spring Training workouts today. Here's the latest as we start the countdown to the Cubs Cactus League opener, two weeks from tomorrow against the A's.
  • ESPN Chicago reports that Blake DeWitt has until Wednesday to decide whether or not he will accept his outright assignment to Triple-A or become a free agent. Jed Hoyer is hopeful that DeWitt will chose to remain in the organization.
  • According to Patrick Mooney of, the Cubs don't expect Starlin Castro's legal situation to be a distraction. Castro is expected to report to camp on time.
  • Mooney tweeted today that Jed Hoyer expects to discuss and extension with Matt Garza, possibly this spring.
  • Bruce Miles tweets that Theo Epstein has not seen "Moneyball" and has no plans to. He is not a fan of "proprietary" info getting out.
  • Reed Johnson likes Dale Sveum's commitment to playing the game hard.
  • Marlon Byrd says he lost 20 pounds during the offseason.
  • It was 70 degrees and sunny today in Mesa.
  • Chicago Cubs Online posted a nice look back at the Cubs offseason.
  • Dale Sveum had individuals meetings with pitchers and catchers this morning and met with the media later in the day.
  • Tomorrow official workouts begin at Fitch Park.
  • Theo Epstein has put together a manual for Cubs staff members explaining The Cubs' Way.

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted!

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