CHICAGO – In just about a week, there will be players both in Glendale and Mesa working out to prepare for what hopes to be an on-time 162 game season for 2021.
But before that happens, there’s a few housekeeping things that the Cubs and White Sox have to take care of before the start of their spring training.
First, that includes the tweak of the schedules for both team’s times in Arizona.
The Cubs’ schedule for games was tweaked a bit, with the slate now starting on March 1st against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Arizona. Their first game at Sloan Park in Mesa will be the next day against the Kansas City Royals.
The White Sox will open up their play in the Cactus league a day later than they would have in the previous schedule but will face the same opponent. The Brewers will visit Camelback Ranch on Sunday, February 28th with the slate of games ending exactly a month later.
Meanwhile both teams announced their non-roster invitees to spring training, and for the White Sox that includes Andrew Vaughn, the team’s No. 1 prospect.
Meanwhile the Cubs invited 25 players to spring training to join the rest of the roster, including pitcher Shelby Miller, who could potentially compete for a starting spot with the team in need of them early in 2021.
Meanwhile the official lineup of minor league teams as announced by Major League Baseball on Friday after a major realignment ahead of the 2021 season.
A majority of the affiliates remained with both Chicago teams, including the Triple-A franchises in Iowa (Cubs) and Charlotte (White Sox).