It was part of the process that actually landed the Cubs one free agent already.
“That’s one of the things that got me here,” Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva said of the promise of modern facilities and a spacious clubhouse in a renovated Wrigley Field. “When I was talking to [former manager] Dale [Sveum] before I signed, he told me it was going to be this year.”
Sixteen months later, Villanueva has learned more than he wants to know about Chicago politics and rooftops. And he’ll be long gone — maybe by the July 31 trade deadline — by the time the Cubs put a shovel in the ground on their long-discussed ballpark overhaul.