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So, uh... yeah. This was all done before the Friday trade fireworks. You get it anyway, though I know who you want to talk about! I certainly hope everyone has enjoyed their long holiday weekend. The good news continues to flow as the front office clarifies progress, the team is on the verge of an offensive juggernaut, a couple pitchers look back on their trade experience, Rogers pitches for Lester, and we are lacking cluster luck. If you flipped your consciousness off switch, reverse that for today's Cub Tracks!

Mitchell Layton

Good mix for a Sunday. Maybe some of you will even read them!

From Comcast SportsNet

From Cubs Den

From Cubs.com

  • Mike Olt is making some adjustments. I still don't like his swing. At all.
  • Jim Callis thinks the Triple-A Iowa Cubs have the best line-up in the minors. Probably getting even better fairly soon.
  • Arismendy Alcantara is part of that line-up: for now. He's making an impression.
  • This is a neat flashback. Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop look back on the trade that brought them to Chicago.
  • Rick Renteria is looking  forward when it comes to Jake Arrieta.
  • The Cubs still haven't settled on a starter for game 2 of Tuesday's double-header. But this blurb might give lefthander Tsuyoshi Wada the edge over righthander Dallas Beeler . Keep in mind the Reds feature lefty hitters Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, plus Billy Hamilton's splits are worse hitting righthanded.

From ESPNChicago.com

  • All-Star talk is all the rage. This look at roster construction includes two Cubs.
  • This is surprising, at least in my mind. But Jesse Rogers thinks Jon Lester could make sense for the Cubs this offseason. (To be clear, my surprise is that Jesse would think this, not necessarily the logic.)
  • I consider this a non-story, but David Ortiz "clarified" that he meant no disrespect to the Cubs when he said day games were a big problem for the franchise.
From the Chicago Tribune

From the Chicago Sun-Times 

  • It's kinda funny when I scour the Sun-Times headlines. If it's a positive headline, I'm usually certain it wasn't written by Gordo. That's the case with this article that describes why Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are more patient than Cubs' fans.
  • But every now and then, Gordo fools me. Like with this article that describes Arismendy Alcantara's boffo season.
  • The Cubs face a different challenge than the Red Sox did when it comes to curse-breaking.

From the Daily Herald

Miscellaneous

Today's food for thought