Cubs Minor Leaguers Report to Mesa

Minor League Spring Training will officially begin next week, and those teams might as well be looking to use the big league stadiums. There aren’t any MLB players at any of the team facilities, but some of the future stars have reported for the Cubs.

The Cubs are not able to work with any current professional players, but they are holding a mini-camp for some of the top prospects. The last few years have been rough on the entire farm system for the Cubs, but that is no longer the case.

Since the Cubs decided to trade away nearly all of their talent last season, the farm system is now stocked and loaded with some top prospects. These prospects are going to have plenty of work to do, but some of them could ultimately see big league action this season.

Will There Be Baseball in 2022?

The Cubs and other MLB teams continue to offer ticket packages and single game tickets for the upcoming 2022 season. I’m not sure about you, but it’s hard to buy a ticket right now as there is no guarantee baseball will even be played this year.

This week has been more productive for the negotiations between the owners and the players, but that hasn’t exactly led to any big news. Major League Baseball doesn’t want to cancel any games, but it has set a deadline of February 28 before this would start to happen.

The problem with canceling games is that both the league and the players would be losing money if this happens. That would force each side to try and get that money back with the new deal, and this entire battle has been about money.

It’s still hard to envision that either side is going to let this thing get to a point where games are canceled, but we are getting close. This lockout is getting close to reaching the 100-day mark, and disaster would strike if we do get to that point.

Pretty Quiet From Cubs Players

Labor negotiations tend to get messy, and that has definitely been the case this time around for MLB and the MLBPA. There have been plenty of outspoken players on social media, but that hasn’t really been the case from the Cubs.

Marcus Stroman has been one of the few members of the Cubs’ organization that is not afraid of speaking his mind. Stroman is clearly putting all of the blame on Rob Manfred and the owners, and it will be interesting to see if there are any repercussions for this action.

Ian Happ is the Cubs player representative, and he just continues to express disappointment that a deal hasn’t been reached. The hope is that the players are simply focused on being ready for the season, and are working hard behind the scenes.

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