The experts believe Bryant will be a difference-maker, if not a star, immediately.
Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings Wednesday to lead the Cubs.
Bryant will be toiling in Iowa for several weeks until the big city beckons.
Baez struck out 95 times last season in 229 plate appearances.
“We have a really nice culture,” Theo Epstein says.
With Luis Valbuena traded to Houston, third base is open for Chicago.
Indications are that president Ted Phillips could be moved to a business-only role.
“I am totally excited,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon says.
Dempster will also retire as a member of the Cubs’ organization.
Lester’s relationship with Cubs front office members won’t be the deciding factor, Jed Hoyer says.
The Cubs met with Lester on Tuesday, but it’s unclear what direction he might be leaning.
The Chicago Cubs are going after top-flight talent and have taken some aggressive tactics in sending out that message.
As much as we think of the Cubs’ future, we still don’t really know much at all.
We’re excited about looking forward,” Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says. “We’re excited about having a great new manager.”
“I’m not going to hide,” Maddon says. “I don’t want a gated community, I don’t want a country club.”
There’s a cold-blooded plan in place.
Theo Epstein says he must be loyal to the organization over any one individual.
Maddon’s a really good manager, but big names haven’t panned out for the Cubs in years past.
Joe Maddon is a free agent after deciding to leave the Rays.
A larger mentality is shared by the front offices of the Royals and Cubs.