Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:35:23 -0800
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt is the front-runner to win the third base job over 3B Kris Bryant to start the season. However, Bryant hit .325/.438/.661 with 43 homers in the minors last year, and he'll likely be starting in Chicago by midseason or season if he keeps that up. Olt, though, saw marked improvement late last year and could re-establish himself as a lineup fixture this spring. 2B Arismendy Alcantara could also see time at the hot corner. The Cubbies have said they do not want to rush things with Bryant.
Fantasy Tip: Despite the fact that Bryant is likely to start 2015 in the minors again, he'll probably continue to be overvalued by fantasy baseball drafters. For that fact alone, Olt could be a nice sleeper target in NL-only leagues for his power stroke, but he'll need to make much more contact to last in the starting lineup and hold off Bryant.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:16:48 -0800
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon plans on experimenting with the lineup in his first year with the team. He's considered batting the pitcher eighth, which he did at times while managing the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon is a fan of 2B Arismendy Alcantara's versatility at the leadoff spot if he's playing. The projected batting order has OF Dexter Fowler leading off, however.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:01:51 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) hit in a cage Thursday, Sept. 18, and will take batting practice. He could return as early as Friday, Sept. 19.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:01:58 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) said his MRI revealed a sprained right wrist, but he thinks it is a minor injury. He noted he can throw without problem and will hit Thursday, Sept. 18.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:24:00 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) underwent an MRI exam on his right wrist, and the team is awaiting the results.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:01:18 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday, Sept. 16, after crashing into the outfield wall Monday. Alcantara was wearing a wrap on the wrist Monday night.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:07:31 -0700
The Chicago Cubs have placed SS Starlin Castro on the bereavement list. The team also recalled 2B Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa.
Fantasy Tip: Castro could miss up to a week while on the bereavement list. The team could consider moving Javier Baez to shortstop and Arismendy Alcantara to second base with Justin Ruggiano and Matt Szczur seeing time in the outfield. Ruggiano and Szczur probably should only be options in NL-only leagues.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:57:11 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Arismendy Alcantara is still considered an option for the lead off spot even though he is 8-for-39 when batting first.
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:13:06 -0700
Although the Chicago Cubs have a backlog of shortstops, general manager Jed Hoyer has said he doesn't need to trade any of them. SS Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Addison Russell could all be on the team at the same time if Hoyer finds new positions for three of the players, which he admits may be an option.
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:46:49 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara is expected to shift from second base to play mostly center field now that SS Javier Baez is in the majors.
Fantasy Tip: Alcantara has hit just .253 in 21 games with the Cubbies while playing the keystone. The move to center field will make him more attractive with multi-position eligibility, and his stolen base potential should keep him relevant in deep mixed leagues for the rest of the season.