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FROM THE HOME OFFICE: First Weekend Takeaways

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Nobody was able to watch Spring Training games on Saturday, as the White Sox were rained out and the Cubs were on the Marquee Network. Sorry, Cub fans…you missed out on the inaugural Ryan Dempster Harry Caray imitation.

On Sunday, the White Sox had to be encouraged by Dylan Cease’s outing, going two innings, allowing 3 hits while striking out 3. But most importantly, zero walks.

Also in the Sox world was the announcement of a 5 year, $16 million contract for reliever Aaron Bummer. Long term deals for relievers are usually pretty dicey, but at a shade over $3 million a year it’s pretty low risk.

Meanwhile up the road a piece in Mesa, the Cubs had some encouraging signs for themselves, as both Tyler Chatwood and Alec Mills made strong cases for the 5th starter spot, as each pitched a scoreless inning. Also encouraging was the fact that on Sunday, reliever James Norwood hit 99 on the radar gun while Dakota Mekkes threw a surprising 97.

Meanwhile, both camps have their eyes set on their young second baseman prospects. The Cubs’ signing of Jason Kipins pretty much locks Nico Hoerner into starting the year in Iowa, while the Sox will have to decide of Nick Madrigal breaks camp.

Let’s see how the next few days line up, as the non-roster guys in both camps will start going back over to the minor league camps.

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