Cubs Sign Kawasaki to Minor League Deal

Jon Paul Morosi at Fox Sports reports that the Cubs have signed veteran utility infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a 2016 minor league contract, and Paul Sullivan at the Chicago Tribune further reports that Kawasaki will receive an NRI to Spring Training with the big club.

2016 Hall of Fame Results

Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, receiving 99.32% of the vote. He becomes the 51st player elected in their first year. His percentage of votes is the highest all-time. Mike Piazza was also elected in his fourth year on the ballot. 

With three players (Maddux, Glavine, Thomas) elected in 2014 and four players (Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, and Biggio) elected in 2015, this now makes a total of nine players elected in a three-year span. This is only the third time that has happened in history, following 1954-56 and 1936-38.

2016 Hall of Fame Predictions

This year’s Hall of Fame ballot has 32 players total, including 15 newcomers, for voters to consider. Last year’s elections saw four worthy candidates elected—Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio—and only one new-comer—Ken Griffey Jr.—is likely to get elected this year. This election is thus a crucial one for down-ballot players, especially given the reduction in the number of years a player can remain on the ballot from 15 to 10 made in 2015.

Opening Day Roster Predictions

The Cubs made flurry of moves at the recent Winter Meetings, including signing Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey and trading Starlin Castro to the Yankees for Adam Warren. The bulk of the roster is now set, and we can already take a look at the potential Opening Day roster and the battles for the few remaining slots on it.

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  • 15 games over .500...not a bad place to be on may 6th.

    ...oops, that's 16 games with today's win. i can deal with that, too.

  • Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez removed from the game against the Pirates in the top of the fourth due to some undisclosed (arm?) injury

  • .500

    Check this: If the Cubs just play .500 until the end of the season, from today on May 6th, they are at 89 wins.

    How we would have drooled for that in 2010.

  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]

    Shane Victorino added to Iowa #Cubs roster today

  • The awesome quote was something like "Just gotta play a little country hardball..."

    It was awesome. I envisioned him in snake-skin boots, Stetson, and a lump of dip in his lip with his Texas gun strapped to his hip.

  • Listening to an interview with Lackey on WSCR - he sounds a bit like a gruff Fozzie Bear

  • FWIW -- Lackey was the only RH batter to get a hit off of Scherzer. KB and Baez were 0-for-6 with 6Ks. Gotta love lefty/righty balance, and switch-hitters.

  • Somebody needs to explain to Richard the concept of run differential. Dammit, this was a tough one to absorb.

  • In the same vein, I hope we can now dispense with "LaStella sucks as a starter".

  • They just wanted to get Rondon a save is why they gave up those runs. Madden is a genius that way....

  • Brian Schlitter moments aside - what a sweet win!

  • this ump...at least he seems consistently shitty.

  • c.richard with another outing making him look expendable...

    hey may be a righty, but f.pena put in another strong night last night...2ip 0h 1bb 3k

    last thing the club seems to need is another reliever, though. the cubs starters keep putting lack-of-work pressure on the pen more than anything so far.

  • Good thing Bryant can play multiple positions. If he was only a 3B he'd be frustrated sitting.

  • I think it might have been just the push he needed.

  • I believe +411 by the '39 Yankees is the all-time record.