It was quite a bad week for the Cubs, even by their standards. Top prospect Javier Baez suffered a thumb injury in the Arizona Fall League while allegedly high-fiving a teammate, ending his season prematurely. Arizona State pulled out of talks to share the Cubs' new spring training complex, charging Cubs management with changing some terms they already had agreed upon. Then, to top it off, closer Carlos Marmol almost was traded to the Angels for Dan Haren, only to watch the Cubs pull out of the deal shortly after Marmol announced it to the Dominican media, creating a Twitter tsunami that even Matt Garza joined. For President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, the good news is Baez will be fine by spring training, they didn't need Arizona State as a partner and Marmol was laughing about the botched trade while talking to Cubs' management Saturday night.
Marmol misstep caps Cubs' tough week
Chicago Tribune | Nov 4