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I hope you've all stayed safe in these treacherous temps. Stay inside and read about why a few Cub prospects could be fast movers, why Jeff Samardzija had a couple bad months and might get traded, and peak at a "Badger Bat" in today's Cub Tracks.

Humboldt Park neighborhood, January 6, 2014
Humboldt Park neighborhood, January 6, 2014
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This was drafted before Monday night's college football title game, but by the time you read this, you'll know whether I'm a very happy or dejected alumnus.

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From Cubs.com

  • (Video) Len Kasper talks about the expectations for Junior Lake.
  • Carrie tackles a Q&A, which includes fans wondering why the team might trade Jeff Samardzija. Look: I get why some fans don't want Samardzija traded. I myself am firmly on the fence and fall more towards the "I'd have to be absolutely blown away by a trade offer" mentality. But if you can't understand why the team might trade Shark (and come up with something more intelligent than "because Theo only loves prospects!!"), then I just don't know what to tell you.

Miscellaneous

  • Dan posted this in another thread, but (as of this writing) nobody commented. Fangraphs took a look at Jeff Samardzija's two bad months.

Today's food for thought

  • (Video) This is short, so please watch. It's a "badger bat", recently discovered in Sudan.
  • And from the same site, here are the top 100 weather photos of 2013.