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  • Seiya Suzuki Continues Making Progress

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki (oblique) continues taking positive steps forward as he works his way back from injury. The 28-year-old suffered an oblique strain in late-February and is still working his way back to full health. He started out by taking non-contact swings, but is ready for the next step. Now, Suzuki will begin taking some front-flip throws in the cage on Sunday. The expectation is that Suzuki is going to begin the season on the injured list. However, he could be ready to play as early as mid-April. This injury could drop Suzuki on draft boards, which makes him a sneaky addition in the late rounds of drafts.

    Mar 19 · Source via Cubs Seiya Suzuki
  • Cubs Notes: Madrigal, Wesneski, Leiter Jr.

    Cubs infielder Nick Madrigal has only played second base in his big league career thus far, but he’s not likely to see a lot of time there this year. The club’s major investment this offseason was signing shortstop Dansby Swanson, thus pushing Nico Hoerner over to second base. That nudged Madrigal into a competition for…

    Mar 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Mark Leiter Nick Madrigal Hayden Wesneski closers
  • Seiya Suzuki Resumes Baseball Activities

    Chicago Cubs manager David Ross said on Thursday that right fielder Seiya Suzuki (oblique) has resumed playing light catch and non-contact swings. He will likely stay on that type of program for the rest of this week in spring training. The 28-year-old suffered a moderate left oblique strain late in February and is slated to open the 2023 regular season on the injured list, but he could be ready to make his season debut before the end of April, barring any setbacks. The Japanese outfielder was slowed by injuries in his first MLB season last year as well, but he could improve in Year 2 at the plate if he shows more plate discipline. Suzuki won't be very expensive in fantasy drafts because of his injury, and he could be a nice value pick late in drafts.

    Mar 16 · Source via Cubs Seiya Suzuki
  • Hayden Wesneski Expected To Win Final Rotation Spot

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Hayden Wesneski is considered the favorite to win the team's fifth rotation spot to open the regular season. Manager David Ross calls the "it factor" for what Wesneski has. Chicago acquired him from the New York Yankees in 2022 for Scott Effross. The 25-year-old stands at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and could be an X-factor in a rotation that also includes Marcus Stroman, Jameson Taillon, Drew Smyly and Justin Steele. Wesneski is beating out Adrian Sampson by not allowing a run so far in Cactus League play over 8 2/3 innings, striking out 11 and walking two. He looked great in his MLB debut for the Cubs last year (2.18 ERA, 33 K's in 33 innings) and could be worth a look as a late-round flier in deep mixed leagues.

    Mar 16 · Source via Cubs Hayden Wesneski
  • Michael Fulmer, Brad Boxberger Viewed As Primary Closers

    The Chicago Cubs view relievers Michael Fulmer and Brad Boxberger as their primary closing options in 2023 for the ninth inning. Boxberger has 82 career saves and a long track record of durability and reliability. Fulmer won the American League Rookie of the Year in 2016 and was an All-Star in 2017 as a starter, but he moved to a full-time relief role after having Tommy John surgery in 2019. He saved 14 games for the Tigers in 2021 and had a 2.97 ERA in almost 70 innings. The Cubs also could use the likes of Brandon Hughes, Rowan Wick and Adbert Alzolay in closing situations, which makes Chicago's closing situation more of a committee approach. But if you're speculating on saves in deeper leagues, Fulmer and Boxberger could be decent options.

    Mar 14 · Source via Cubs Brad Boxberger Michael Fulmer closers
  • Kyle Hendricks Throws Successful Bullpen Session

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) was able to throw a successful 30-pitch bullpen session on Friday. The right-hander said he felt good afterwards, which is good news. The organization plans to have Hendricks throw multiple bullpen sessions before having him face live hitters. The Cubs are hopeful that Hendricks is going to be ready around early May. The 33-year-old should carry fantasy value once healthy, but is probably more of a deep league option.

    Mar 11 · Source via Cubs Kyle Hendricks
  • Trey Mancini Slugs Two-Run Homer Thursday

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Trey Mancini hit a two-run home run on Thursday in helping the Cubs to an 8-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The long ball was the second of the spring for Mancini and he added a single on the afternoon as well, raising his batting average to a hefty .579 on the spring with two homers and a 1.495 OPS across 19 Cactus League at-bats. Mancini signed a two-year deal with the Cubs this winter after splitting the 2022 campaign between the Orioles and Astros, hitting .239 with 18 homers and a .710 OPS across 143 games. The soon-to-be 31-year-old is a decent source of power with at least 21 home runs in four of the last five seasons, with his 18 from 2022 representing a career low. The jet stream blowing out to left field at Wrigley Field in Chicago could help Mancini bounce back in the home run department in 2023.

    Mar 10 · Source via Cubs Trey Mancini
  • Cubs Send Brennen Davis, Pete Crow-Armstrong Down

    The Chicago Cubs optioned outfielder Brennen Davis to Triple-A Iowa and sent center fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong to minor-league camp on Friday as part of their roster cuts in spring training. Davis is healthy after dealing with back issues in 2022, but he and Crow-Armstrong will be given more time to work on their craft down on the farm to begin the 2023 season. Davis struggled as Chicago's top prospect in 2022, but his back injury was most likely to blame. He still has a high ceiling due to his raw power at the plate. Crow-Armstrong is another one of the Cubs' top prospects, but he still has time to mature in the minors and hasn't played above High-A. Fantasy managers should expect both Davis and Crow-Armstrong to spend all of 2023 on the farm.

    Mar 10 · Source via Cubs Pete Crow-Armstrong Brennen Davis prospects
  • Ian Happ "Would Love To Stay" With Cubs In 2024

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ said Monday that he "would love to stay" with the Cubs following the 2023 season. The 28-year-old agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million deal entering his final year of arbitration. Happ has had an up-and-down career with his bat but had a solid 2022 season, slashing .271/.342/.440 with 17 home runs, 72 RBI, and nine stolen bases. He could be one of baseball's more attractive free agents should he not agree to an extension with the Cubs. Happ offers power and speed for fantasy managers with the potential for a decent to slightly above-average batting average.

    Mar 7 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Kyle Hendricks Throws First Bullpen Session

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session on Monday since getting injured last July. Hendricks was able to air it out on Monday and said afterwards that he was feeling great. Despite the positive session, he is about a month behind and is expected to open the year on the injured list. The 33-year-old right-hander isn't expected to make any Cactus League starts in spring training. Barring any setbacks, Hendricks seems likely to miss around the first month of the 2023 regular season. Fantasy managers in mixed leagues should leave him to the waiver wire to begin the year.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cubs Kyle Hendricks
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