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Cub Tracks Is Early For The Meetings

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The winter meetings start tonight. Cub Tracks is ready now.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Cub Tracks attacks the spread while everyone else talks business. Minus lots of the latest John Lackey columns by everybody, because you've already been there.

From Comcast Sportsnet Chicago:

  • Patrick Mooney: Theo Epstein: Cubs couldn't compete for David Price at Red Sox level. Red Sox have payroll muscle the Cubs haven't developed yet. More heavy lifting yet to be done.
  • Mooney: Cubs see center-field possibilities for Javier Baez. Contrary to previous reports, the Cubs have Baez in their center field thoughts. He's playing the position in winter ball.

From CBS Chicago:

  • Bruce Levine: Cubs' signing of John Lackey a solid short-term strategy.  Levine submits that the move buys the Cubs some time for their minor league system to develop young pitching while adding a veteran who has vast big-game experience.

From Cubs.com:

From the Chicago Tribune:

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

  • Cubs expect wild winter meetings as they address center field and more pitching needs. Theo Epstein says he’s still keeping options open in both the free agent and trade markets and isn’t willing to dismiss a significant position player free agent – in part because the front office is exploring moves to free up more payroll dollars.

From Cubs Den:

From Bleacher Nation:

Miscellaneous:

Food for thought: