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Alligator shoos, perfect fits, birdbrains, and other bullets

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In our previous installment, Cub Tracks eschewed the Hot Stove, which has yet to warm up much, in favor of the tepid toaster oven. Since then, things have warmed just a little, though not in the Cubs’ kitchen.

Not that the Cubs are expected to burn up the free-agent or trade markets...and anyway most GMs are likely waiting for December 1 and the expected resolution of the Collective Bargaining Agreement...but some people have gotten paid, according to our own Josh Timmers. And it would be totally okay if the Cubs decided to pay someone not already on the payroll. Especially if that person were to specialize in throwing the spheroid.

Cub Tracks awaits developments on that front. I still fully expect Jorge Soler to leave town in a deal because I just don’t see how he fits if he doesn’t hit, but I’ve been expecting that for nearly a year now and it hasn’t happened. So much for the trade prediction business...

And speaking of business, let’s get to the business at hand. Here is a collection of hand-picked articles, op-ed and otherwise, gathered for your infotainment needs. As always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). Thanks for reading, and as always, reasonable comments are more than welcome.

  • Jim Bowden (ESPN-Insider {$}): A status check for all 30 teams. He says nice things about the North Siders.
  • Jayson Stark (ESPN*): Why MLB's 2016 postseason was a game-changer. Literally changing the game, as in altering the way relief pitching is treated and renovating the media landscape.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Lee Smith makes final HOF bid on BBWAA ballot. He should be in. He probably won’t be.
  • David Miniel (Cubbies Crib): Sammy Sosa, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez on 2017 Hall of Fame ballot. It would be a surprise if any of these former Cubs made the Hall. I think Sosa should be a lock, but I have strange ideas about PEDs.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): ‘The 2016 World Series film’ to debut Tuesday. Which is today, but it’s a red-carpet affair, as previously reported. Other fans will be able to watch on Dec. 2, when it has its U.S. television premiere on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET, and it’s available on DVD.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Cubs announce spring training schedule. Now that’s a sign of life.
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Dexter Fowler is a good bet on his next contract – but is a Cubs reunion the right fit? Probably not.
  • Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago*): Gleyber Torres may become a star, but Yankees GM credits Cubs for making Aroldis Chapman trade. “If not now, when?” said Theo Epstein.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Recent Rosenthal report confirms what we pretty much already knew about Cubs’ offseason plans. “...the gap between improbable and impossible can easily be bridged by the right engineers.”
  • Jared Wyllys (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Aroldis Chapman: Potential offseason target. “...there’s reason enough to just let Chapman walk.”
  • Ken Magner (The Sports Daily): Chicago Cubs: Wade Davis is a perfect fit. “...the Cubs best option is not a free agent, but a guy they could acquire via trade.”
  • Justin Breen (DNAinfo): Cubs fan mails back woman's lost driver's license with a 'GO CUBS GO' note. Colleen Hammond was ‘thrilled’ to get the card back from a fellow fan.
  • Anna Ergeson (Yakima Herald): Cubs' historic victory a win for all baseball fans. “There should never have been a doubt...”
  • WLS-TV: 2 turkeys named after Chicago Cubs pardoned for Thanksgiving. Bryant and Rizzo made the cut.

food for thought

  • Simon Ings (New Scientist): Flying machines and chickens: The art of thinking about science. “Sometimes, scientific advances throw up questions that only art can answer.”
  • Peter Ruell (Harvard Gazette): Science of stripes. Adaptable genes create same appearance in distantly related species.
  • Rachel Feltman and Sarah Kaplan (Washington Post): Dear science, what’s the best way to cook a turkey? Spatchcocking is deemed to be the best. What’s that? You ask. Read on.

I’m going bowling Thursday. Three strikes are good in that sport. See you then.