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the 350,000,000 question, and other bullets

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I’m not the world’s biggest Red Sox fan, but I heartily dislike the Dodgers, so I’m rooting against the blue here. At least that question will be answered in a few days. The 350-million-dollar-question may take a bit.

We’re still not oversupplied with stuff, but what we have is good stuff.

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  1. With reference to ongoing commentary: Cub Tracks’ full 40-man as of 10/13.

Cubs News and Notes:

  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): Podcast: Bold predictions for the Cubs offseason. “Though the front office has downplayed the importance of a lead-off hitter the last two off-seasons, they will look to add one for 2019 so that Joe doesn’t have to be so creative.”
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Report: Bryce Harper to Cubs ‘Seems Inevitable,’ opening bid starts at 10 Years, $350 million. Refers to Bruce Levine article. “The moral of the story is that signs continue to point to Harper making good on his running joke, which I suppose could carry all kinds of tampering claims.” Brett Taylor chimes in.
  • Moshe Wilensky (Cubs Insider): Trading Mike Montgomery would help Cubs replenish farm at minimal cost. “...his value in a trade may outweigh what he offers in internal value.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): No-brainer: The Cubs should absolutely bring back Jesse Chavez in 2019 bullpen. “...he clearly found something with his mechanics that helped lead to the remarkable consistency he showed in a Cubs uniform...”
  • NBC Sports Chicago*: Theo on Morrow: ‘We knew his injury history going in’ [VIDEO].
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): The Cubs consistently shift less than any defense in baseball – is this a zigging edge? “Maybe their player personnel has simply been such that shifting doesn’t make as much sense for them, regardless of their overall perspective on the strategy.”
  • Todd Johnson (Cubs Central): What will be the top pitching storylines in 2019 for Cubs prospects? “Unlike hitting, the Cubs starting pitching does not have depth issues.”
  • Cam Ellis (NBC Sports Chicago*): This Cubs World Series pumpkin is either really impressive or very sad, probably both. “The thing about pumpkin carving is: it’s hard.”
  • Tim Bannon (Chicago Tribune* {$}): From Mark Prior to Chris Sale: The 6 former Cubs and White Sox members in the 2018 World Series. “Modified Cub Factor”
  • Dan Hayes (The Athletic {$}): As a busy Twins offseason unfolds, new details emerge in their manager search. “Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde is another finalist after making a strong impression during his first round.”

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.