Cub News and Notes
Jon Lester has passed his physical and the deal has been finalized. Cubs will hold a press conference on Monday to make the announcement official. The Cubby Bear is no longer the official home of Cubs pressers during the 1060 Rebuild as this one will be held at Spiaggia Restaurant in downtown Chicago...........Former Cubs pitcher LHP Brooks Raley has signed to pitch for the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball League.
Venezuelan Winter League
Luis Valbuena singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th to give Lara the 2-1 walk-off win. He also walked and scored...........Yoanner Negrin (2-3, 4.34 ERA) gave up three runs in the first but settled down to blank Magallanes over the next four frames finishing with a line of 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB 0 K and earned the win in the 9-6 victory.
Dominican Winter League
Arismendy Alcantara (.317) had two hits, including a RBI triple, and walked but it wasn’t enough as Licey fell to Escogido 6-3. After being retired in his first two at-bats, Alcantara singled, walked, and then tripled in a run in the ninth. He led the PCL in triples for Iowa with 11 despite a July call-up to the majors. Alcantara will start the season in center for the Cubs and where he hits in the lineup will be dependent on his ability to get on base.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
LF Christian Villanueva (.242) was 0-for-5 on Obregon’s 5-3 loss to Mexicali.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Javier Baez had the night off and Santurce didn’t need him as they beat Carolina 1-0........CF John Andreoli singled and scored in four plate plate appearances in San Juan’s 7-6 win over Caguas.
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