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If you believe that, I have a trade offer for you.

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Cue laugh track:

From Comcast Sportsnet Chicago:

  • Patrick Mooney: Cubs/Cardinals will keep escalating in 2016. "So when it comes down to a fight, you’re not going to take that from anybody," says Joe Maddon. Includes [VIDEO].
  • Mooney: What will Joe Maddon's lineup look like in 2016? "It will depend on the matchups, the scouting reports, the hot hands and whatever inspiration strikes Maddon while riding his bike or listening to a Pandora station in his office." Includes [VIDEO].

From CBS Chicago:

  • Bruce Levine: Theo Epstein putting stock in Jorge Soler's future. "I think an outfield of Schwarber, Heyward and Soler can be one of the best in baseball, if the corner men work hard on improving." Epstein said. Includes [AUDIO].

From ESPN Chicago:

  • Jonah Keri: What is the financial impact of a player's defensive value? "For a while, defense became baseball's new market inefficiency." Jason Heyward is used as an example of how to answer that question.

From Cubs.com:

  • Phil Rogers: Cubs have luxury to deal on or stay put. "There are three paths that Theo Epstein's crew can follow in trying to finish off an offseason in which they've completed their primary goals." What paths? Read on to find out.
  • John Lackey joins Intentional Talk. [VIDEO]

From the Chicago Tribune:

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

From the Daily Herald:

  • Barry Rozner: Cubs confident dollars will be there. "The same people who still don't get the Kris Bryant equation probably don't realize how Jason Heyward wound up in a Cubs uniform." Tom Ricketts: "We're very confident about our financial future."

From Cubs Den:

  • North Side Irish: Rumor Thread: Javier Baez in cf, Cubs sign two to MiLB deals, Dodgers talk trades, Matt Bush, Henderson Alvarez and more.

From Bleacher Nation:

  • Brett Taylor: The Starlin Castro and Ben Zobrist swap by ZIPS and Steamer projections. "The Cubs should be expected to see a bump of a win or two in 2016 because of the swap from Castro to Zobrist at second base."

From Cubs Insider:

Miscellaneous:

Food for thought:

Roger. Over and out.