Here's to bidding adieu to Dioner and welcoming back Darnell and others.
From Comcast SportsNet
- A stint working in Kane County may have helped prepare Rick Renteria for life on the North Side.
- The Cubs did not tender a contract to reclamation project Daniel Bard, but he could still stay in the organization.
From Cubs Den
- Some winter meetings notes look at Dioner Navarro's departure, the return of Darnell McDonald, Scott Kazmir, and some non-tender notes.
- Cub notes have a look at Jeff Samardzija (again), how the Cubs could be linked to the Athletics' Brett Anderson, and why the Miami Marlins make an appealing trade partner.
From Hardball Times
- Did you know that the "marginal" players on the Cubs' bench in 2013 were better than any team except the Rays? It's true; Chris Jaffe has the details.
- Some, including Al, have written about why/whether Greg Maddux should be a unanimous choice for the Hall of Fame. Turns out that fans are even more picky, with 30 percent of them saying Mad Dog shouldn't even get in on the first ballot.
- The author of this article admits it is just for fun: thinking up creative three-team trades. But I assume all (or at least most) of you would be on board with his idea for the Cubs in a deal with the cross-town White Sox and the New York Yankees. The Cubs would acquire pitching ace Chris Sale (obviously from the Sox and signed through 2017 with another pair of club option years to perhaps the most team-friendly extension in baseball) and young-ish hurler David Phelps (from the Yanks) while dealing away C.J. Edwards and Jorge Soler (to the Sox) and Mike Olt and Dan Vogelbach (to the Yanks). Uh, where do I sign?
- Mark Gonzales answers questions in a mailbag, which is inexplicably an article that requires site registration. I haven't, and likely won't, register, so I don't know whether the mailbag is worth opening for those of you who have registered.
Today's food for thought
- Here's a cool little video on the chemistry of snowflakes, including why some snowflakes are the same.