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Outside The Confines: Big deal(s)

Which team is going to spend enough to come out a winner?

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Baseball history unpacked, December 9

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Jon Lester signed, and other stories.

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Cubs historical sleuthing: Jerome Walton edition

This isn’t quite what it seems at first glance.

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Jason Heyward signs with the Dodgers

He’ll get a chance to make their Opening Day roster.

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Rob Manfred says the Cubs want to host the All-Star Game in 2025

And other comments from the Commissioner at the Winter Meetings.

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MLB’s 2022-23 offseason calendar: Free agents, awards, Rule 5 draft, non-tenders, arbitration, more

Baseball doesn’t stop just because there are no games. Here’s a handy calendar of everything happening before next season begins.

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Cub Tracks he swings best who swings last

#Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. At midnight, all the agents...

BCB After Dark: Taillon or Walker?

The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks which is the better deal: Jameson Taillon or Taijuan Walker?

The Jameson Taillon signing by the numbers

The Cubs added a solid pitcher who doesn’t strike out a lot of guys, stop me if you’ve heard this before

Cubs lose righthander Chris Clarke to Mariners in Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs made no selection in the Major League phase.

Willson Contreras is a St. Louis Cardinal

That’s not going to play well with most Cubs fans.

The Cody Bellinger signing by the numbers

This is a one-year deal with a lot of upside and little risk

Pat Hughes wins the Hall of Fame’s Frick Award

This is a well-deserved honor.

Tom Ricketts gave the green light and the Cubs made two major signings

Cody Bellinger and Jameson Taillon are now North Siders.

Outside The Confines: Winter Madness

Lots of news from the Winter Meetings, including signings of Trea Turner, Justin Verlander, Taijuan Walker and others.

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Baseball history unpacked, December 7

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Kyle Hendricks is a day older, and other stories.

Cubs sign right-hander Jameson Taillon

The Cubs picked up a solid starter who fits nicely in the middle of the rotation.

BCB After Dark: Is it the night before Cubs-mas?

The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks if the Cubs are going to sign a top shortstop.

Pirates win MLB Draft Lottery, Cubs drop one spot

The Pirates and the Twins were the big winners in the first ever MLB Draft Lottery.

Cubs sign Cody Bellinger

The Cubs have a center fielder for 2023.

Frank Schwindel appears headed to play for NPB’s Orix Buffaloes

The former Cubs first baseman’s going to Japan.

Cubs historical sleuthing: A random event at Dodger Stadium

It’s just a throw to first. But it was easy to find out when.

Tom Ricketts gives Jed Hoyer a ‘green light’ to spend

Hopefully this will result in improvement for the Cubs, beginning this week.

Cub Tracks’ wait lifting?

#Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. The suspense is killing me.

BCB After Dark: Which pitcher would you rather?

The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks which free agent’s contract would you have matched.

Cubs historical sleuthing: A rare Joe Girardi error

This one was pretty easy, given some key clues.

A preliminary estimate of the Cubs payroll and luxury tax for 2023

Heading into what’s likely to be a busy week at the Winter Meetings, let’s see where the team stands.

Outside The Confines: The Eras Committee makes a single selection

While a number of superstar names were eligible, Fred McGriff was the only player selected to the Hall.

Baseball history unpacked, December 5

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday to Hayden Wesneski, and other stories.

Fred McGriff elected to the Hall of Fame

The longtime first baseman played two years with the Cubs.

Cubs historical sleuthing: Ernie Banks in Anaheim

Wait, what?

What would it take for the Cubs to get Bryan Reynolds from the Pirates?

The Bucs center fielder has asked to be traded.

Cub Tracks’ wondering in winterland

#Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. The powers-that-be convene in San Diego for jawflaps and handshakes.

Cubs historical sleuthing: Damon Berryhill edition

The Cubs catcher is making a play at the plate. But when? And what happened on that play?

The Cubs dedicate a headstone for 19th-Century star Jimmy Ryan

Thanks are also due to the SABR Grave Marker Project. And, there’s something new at Ernie Banks’ gravesite.

Cub Tracks plays the game

#Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. The Winter Meetings start tomorrow.

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