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Cub Tracks Follows The Champs' Footsteps

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The Cubs would love to follow in the footsteps of the Blackhawks. To do that, they'll need a manager and better players. We also check in on life that is out of this world.

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My vacation is over, so it is back to work at all my jobs and responsibilities, including Cub Tracks. Thanks to Al and Josh for filling in.

From Comcast SportsNet

From Cubs Den

  • Some predictions on free agency and some out of the box options for closer.
  • Notes part 1: Starlin Castro, David Price, Welington Castillo, and some sleeper prospects.
  • Notes part 2: Trade talks around Jeff Samardzija heat up, the Boston Red Sox play hardball, and could Hank White return?

From Cubs.com

  • I'll ask real, real nicely. NO POLITICS (per BCB guidelines) -- this one shouldn't be political. The Chicago Blackhawks visited the White House and President Barack Obama Monday. The President put a little pressure on the North Side baseball team, saying he wanted the Cubs to win the World Series before he leaves office. And remember, he's a White Sox fan. I will hope that regardless of political affiliation, this is a plan we can all get behind.
  • This should surprise no one, but the team has declined to tender qualifying offers to free agents Dioner Navarro, Scott Baker, Kevin Gregg, and Matt Guerrier.
  • An edition of the mailbox looks at a bunch of Cub questions, including whether Kris Bryant can stick at third base.

From ESPNChicago.com

  • Again: no political discussion, please. But the President urged the Cubs to follow in the Blackhawks' footsteps (this article has a little different take than the one from cubs.com).

From the Chicago Sun-Times

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