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From CBS Chicago:
- Bruce Levine: Andrew Miller could be the final piece for Cubs bullpen... eventually. The Yankees added Aroldis Chapman. That makes Miller the left-handed setup man. "How this could impact the Chicago Cubs’ future bullpen may be interesting to watch develop." Train leaves the station.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jayson Stark: MLB's strange but true postseason feats of 2015. "In Game 3 of the Division Series, their 1-2-3-4-5-6 hitters all homered. In one day." Plus Kyle Schwarber's powerball, Jake Arrieta's baserunning exploits, and a streaking Jorge Soler.
- Doug Kern: Kernels: A review of the most unusual MLB stats in 2015. "The year of the triple", "all's well that ends well", and "pitchers who rake" re-live 2015 Cub moments.
- Stark: Strange but true feats of 2015. "How downright illogical was the ever-unpredictable sport of baseball in 2015?" Mike Marshall said "Baseball is an ass." How right was he? For example, David Ross managed to get through the year as the only catcher in baseball to homer as a pitcher but not as a catcher.
- Gemma Kaneko: No more Bryzzo. Kris Bryant got engaged, so Anthony Rizzo gave up their friendship nickname. Might be Schwarbinated.
- Adam Berry: NL Central trio dominated in 2015. The Cardinals, the first 100-win team since 2011, stormed through the season with baseball's best record. In any other division, the Pirates and Cubs would have been crowned champions.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Rob Ogden: Report: Cubs "hell-bent" on strengthening bullpen. The Cubs have had a busy offseason, but apparently they’re not done adding just yet. Bruce Levine's train keeps a rollin',
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello: Cubs front office continues to place premium on mental makeup. The Cubs do thorough background checks on their prospective players -- that extends from the lowest levels of the minors all the way to the highest level free agents. "When the Cubs make a big investment, they invest in the whole person, not just the player."
From Bleacher Nation:
- Luis Medina: Is Jon Lester's contract a relative steal? Considering pitching contracts with 20/20 hindsight.
- Brett Taylor: More cars on the Cub tracks -- Are the Cubs going to be in on Yankees lefty Andrew Miller? Report suggests they might. Train kept a rollin'.
- Taylor: Intriguing 24-year-old Cuban pitcher Yasiel Sierra is now a free agent. "Because of his age and experience, Sierra is not subject to IFA restrictions." Crazy or no?
From Cubs Insider:
- Evan Altman: Cubs Report Cards: Jon Lester goes from overpaid ace to celebrated Number Two. Despite a slow start and a bit of inconsistency in the intervening months, Lester ended up with a season most pitchers would be quite proud of.
- Second Coming: The next wave of Cubs prospects. Zach Bernard reports on the still-rich farm system.
- Cubs player profile: Justin Grimm. Nate Greabe imparts details about the Cubs' relief pitcher. This past summer was Grimm’s second full year pitching out of the Cubs’ bullpen.
- How should the Cubs use Javier Baez in 2016? Joshua Sadlock opines. "Even before the signing of Zobrist, Baez’s role with the Cubs was up in the air."
Food for thought:
- Blue Kool-Aid. Drink it all up!
- Bluetopia. [VIDEO] Dance the night away!
- Take me away to Bluetopia. [AUDIO]
- Blue food. Is it natural?
- Cubby Blue. An illustrated blog about what it means to be a Cub fan.
Wait 'til next year!