With the non-tender deadline hours away, here's the latest from around the web:
- Whether or not Travis Wood can find the magic again is unknown, but the Cubs are expected to tender a contract to him along with all of their other arbitration-eligible players before the Tuesday night deadline, according to Carrie Muskat. (Also carried by ESPN Chicago and CBS Chicago.)
- Part of the Jake Arrieta training regimen: hiking trails in Austin, Texas with his two kids. Well, he walks and they hitch a ride on him.
From CBS Chicago:
- As The Jon Lester Turns: ESPN reports that he met with the San Francisco Giants on Monday. In an interesting turn, the player link for Lester listed on the right sidebar in the "In This Article" section now has him listed as playing for the Red Sox. Maybe the sidebar knows something?...
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- What are the Cubs' three key points to their Lester sales pitch? Money, comfort, and success. I think the fourth point is that the Red Sox and Giants are evil, and I'm pretty sure it's applied subliminally.
From the Daily Herald:
- Bruce Miles has a book recommendation for the holidays about the team that won a championship at Wrigley Field in 1956. That would be the Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, home of the Angels from the Pacific Coast League.
- He also has some other book recommendations for the holidays.
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello previews the non-tender deadline and looks at players that could potentially be available after the deadline passes.
- Mike Moody compares prospects to stocks and says that the Cubs shouldn't sell those stocks right now.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- The latest report on the Cubs' bid for Lester: Six years, $138 million. And also reported is that the Braves are out of the picture, having not made an offer.
- CCO looks in more depth at the Cubs that are affected by the non-tender deadline.
From Cubbies Crib:
- Nicholas Blazek writes that the Cubs' farm system is an embarrassment of riches that the team will need to exploit.
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- This week's Bold Prediction from Tim Duxbury: Welington Castillo will be the Cubs' starting catcher until Kyle Schwarber is ready to take the job.
- The Sunday Spotlight looks at the pitchers in the Cubs' farm system.
From Cubs Insider:
- Matt Hickey sits down for a Q & A session with Bruce Miles from the Daily Herald. Interesting tidbit: His favorite band is Rush. Who would have thought?
- Source-gate: Tom Loxas says that the Cubs might be willing to offer a seventh year to land Lester.
Today's food for thought:
- Not quite as good as maps, but close: Here are a couple of neat images showing the temperature and magnetic field that envelops our galaxy.
- And more extremely cool images, this time of crop circle artwork from 2014.
- I know Cub Tracks has some sci-fi fans out there, so this is for you: Gift ideas for the 10 major species of science fiction fan.