This weekend has been full of Cubs news and tid-bits and that is all thanks to the 2014 Cubs Convention. From the top prospects to the planned renovations, Cubs fans were informed on almost everything. Here are some of the highlights of CubsCon.
- Cubs have made an official offer to Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, along with 4 other known teams.
- Last years 1st round draft pick 3B Kris Bryant will start the season in AA Tennessee.
- Cubs have money to spend this year on free agents (Tanaka), but if they don’t use it, it can roll over to next off-season.
- Cubs have avoided arbitration with 4 players; OF-Nate Schierholtz, 3B-Luis Valbuena, P-Pedro Strop, and P-James Russell.
- The Wrigley Field scoreboard/jumbo tron will be constructed by the start of the 2015 season.
- According to Crane Kenney, the Wrigley renovations could be done in the next 4 years.
- Cubs radio and television contracts could be decided by opening day.
- Lastly, many of the Cubs prospects were invited to Chicago to get a tour of Wrigley and get a taste of Major League life. This was completed by a trip to the United Center to see the Blackhawks play the Colorado Avalanche. Though many of the prospects didn’t necessarily understand the hockey rules. All seemed to have a good time. 2012 first round pick Albert Almora summed up the game: “It was my first hockey game. I was lost. I didn’t know what was going on. Whenever they (the crowd) cheered, I cheered. It was a great thing.”
With all the excitement over the Convention, the Tanaka rumors, and the prospects being in town, let’s just hope that this buzz is still around the team come June and July.