Cubs News and Notes: Cubs send catcher to Red Sox, El Mago, Puppies, more
Pereda was sent to the Red Sox to finalize a recent trade (Photo credit: Smokies)

Cubs News and Notes: Cubs send catcher to Red Sox, El Mago, Puppies, more

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Opening Day: Postponed indefinitely.

Cubs trade catcher: This morning, the Cubs sent minor league catching prospect Jhonny Pereda packing for his new home in Boston. Pereda constitutes “the player to be named later” in the January deal that sent RHP Travis Lakins to the Cubs. Lakins is no longer with Chicago, as he became a waiver claim (Orioles) after just ten days with the Cubbies.

Pereda wasn’t terrible, but nor did he show a ton of Major League potential. Granted, he’s only 23, but seven years in the minors have failed to produce nothing much than a potential backup catcher. From what I saw of Pereda this spring, his hitting had improved some (.333/400/.444), but he was limited to only ten plate appearances (9 AB). Defensively, Pereda seemed to rack up the errors, playing mostly catcher, but also making appearances at first and third base.

Pereda was a homegrown talent, beginning his career in the Venezuelan League after being drafted by the Cubs in 2013. Cubs’ catching prospect PJ Higgins seems to be making real progress. Higgins was raking this spring, slashing .320/.469/.600 with an OPS of 1.069.

El Mago: Javy Baez is some sort of freak of nature. Watch as he runs an unbelievable distance to make a sliding grab on a pop foul. Insane.

Dog days: Albert Almora and his wife Krystal discuss dog ownership and their Luna. The Almora’s are active within the Humane Society community and have a charity for animals.

Who ya stuck with? NBC Sports Chicago posted one of those tweets where pictures fly by at a mile a minute. They suggested clicking, and whoever’s picture came up is who you’d be quarantined with. Silly, but fun. Next, they asked what you two would talk about.

I wound up with David Ross on my first try – I’m good with that. I swear I could pick that man’s brains for hours. I’d ask about his career and the World Series home run that signified the end of it. I ask about his time with ESPN and what it was like to work next to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer in the front office.

Then we’d talk about his manager’s job, making sure he gave me the real story (all the gossip) on Joe Maddon, his tenure, and what really caused his demise. I’d absolutely pick his brain about the Cubs 2020 spring training and what the roster would look like whenever baseball finally resumes.

We’d talk about the starting rotation, the bullpen, and who that 26th man will be. I’d ask him to reconsider using Kris Bryant at leadoff, then beg him to use Ian Happ. Last year, you wouldn’t have caught me dead, saying that Happ should even be on the team, much less leading off, but hey – Rossy doesn’t know that (wink).

Now, what in the world are we going to talk about tomorrow?

Puppies including Kevin Rizzo: Who doesn't like puppy videos and pics?

Fun pic of Jose Cardenal: Check out his ride and the afro.

Cubs’ Birthdays: Celebrating yesterday, were ex-Cubs Dexter Joel Peralta (44), Mike Remlinger (54), Pat Bourque (73), and posthumously, Johnny Moore (118), Cy Slapnicka (134), and George "Peaches" Graham (143).

Baseball Quotes: "Slump? I'm not in a slump. I'm just not hitting." - Yogi Berra

MLB News and Notes:

Pirates: MLB teams and players are doing their best to help people out in this crazy time. Players from the Pirates ordered 400 pizzas and sent them to a local hospital to show appreciation to the medical staff—hat’s off to you, Pittsburgh.

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