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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up

 

 

On Friday, the Cubs agreed to terms with 21 players on their 40-man roster. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber both agreeing to contracts for the 2016 season. Both players have been participating in spring training and the contracts are simply a formality, but both of them are now officially signed for the coming year. Addison Russell, Javier Baez, and Kyle Hendricks also signed a deal for the season.BLOGSCHWARBER-tmagArticle

Here is the full list of players that agreed to deals:

Pitchers: Dallas Beeler, Aaron Brooks, Carl Edwards Jr., Eric Jokisch, Kyle Hendricks, Pierce Johnson, Spencer Patton, Neil Ramirez, C.J. Riefenhauser, Zac Rosscup

Catchers: Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber

Infielders: Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jeimer Candelario, Tommy La Stella, Addison Russell, Christian Villanueva, Dan Vogelbach

Outfielders: Matt Szczur

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The Cubs held their second annual ‘Respect Bald’ event Saturday to help support pediatric cancer research. Manager Joe Maddon, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, young slugger Kyle Schwarber and bench coach Dave Martinez were just among the many who sacrificed their hair for a good cause. Fans could also participate by donating $100. The team said they raised $23,565 from the event and expect more donations. There were 60 haircuts, including players.

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Joe Maddon named NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta the Opening Day starter. “It’s another surprise,” Maddon joked about the announcement. “Of course he’s very excited about it. He’s earned that right.” It’ll be Arrieta’s second Opening Day start after getting the nod from the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. “It is an honor obviously,” said Jake Arrieta, the 22-game winner who will take the mound at 9:05 P.M. central time on April 4th at Angel Stadium. “I was able to get an opening day start early in my career during a different point in my career.” Arrieta will be followed in the rotation by Jon Lester and John Lackey, though Maddon indicated Lackey could go ahead of Lester depending on the matchup the team desires. Last season, Lester got the start while Arrieta started Game 2. “I’m more than happy for Jake,” Lester said. “Once you get named its kind of exciting and stuff but its one of those days that kind of sucks. I think it’s one of the hardest days of the year to pitch. A lot of distractions and things going on. A lot of outside things that are hard to control. But we all knew he was going to get that honor. I’m excited for him. It’s a cool deal.” The Cubs’ top 3 pitchers will make their spring debuts this week.

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