Tom Ricketts says the Wrigley renovations will make the Cubs win the World Series

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Cubs owner Tom Ricketts makes a bold statement at yesterday’s presser announcing the renovations to Wrigley Field:

“This is going to improve the fan experience all the way around,” he said. “If this plan is approved, we will win the World Series.”

The thinking on this, apparently, is that the renovations will lead to more money which will lead to the Cubs being able to put a better team together. Of course, the Cubs have never lacked for money. They’ve lacked for good decisions. I suppose you can recover better from bad decisions if you have more money, but I’ve never really felt like the Cubs’ biggest issue was revenue.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.