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Lee Elia had the right spirit, once upon a time. People were mad, but Lee was mostly right. Cubs fans still speak the same language, um, idiomatically. Just check any gamethread, especially if the Cubs are losing.

Hmm. Almora that?

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“We do feel like our answers are internal. We need to focus on getting our players to maximize their potential. With that said, I think we’re open to business and listening and [the trade market] will probably be our focus more than shopping at the top of the [free-agent] market.” — Jed Hoyer.

  • Tim Stebbins (NBC Sports Chicago*): Cubs fans collective rage measured in one word. GAMETHREAD! “Cubs fans ranked first in frequency of using f-bombs per postseason game played at 432 occasions.”
  • Sam Fels (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Jim Hickey and anger clouding everything. “There’s no question that there were some issues with Hickey in the first half of the season.”
  • Jonah Keri (CBS Sports*): How the Cubs can make the right hot stove additions and turn back into a World Series contender in 2019. “...like every contender, they’ll try to buy the best collection of bullpen reinforcements they can.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): MLB Hot Stove: How Cubs are approaching the trade market this winter. “...they won’t make moves just for the sake of shaking things up.”
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): As the Cubs try to build for the future, a look at their prospects: Justin Steele, Nico Hoerner, Adbert Alzolay. “The Cubs built and maintained a championship-caliber rotation without any homegrown starting pitchers.”
  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): Are Joe Maddon’s lineups a problem for the Cubs or the main reason they won 95 games in a ‘down’ season? “...the Cubs are re-evaluating a lot of processes, from communication to planning, this offseason.”
  • NBC Sports Chicago: Cubs Talk talks to Jim Hendry [AUDIO].
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Addison Russell candidate for what could be ‘Larger-than-Usual’ non-Tender pool. “Keep in mind that it’s not simply a matter of the Cubs either offering Russell a deal or letting him become a free agent.”
  • Jonathon Mayo (MLB.com*): Which Cubs prospects get 40-man spots? 5 Cubs minor-leaguers vie for the honor. Mayo also mentions Duane Underwood as the Cubs’ ROY candidate.
  • Jim Callis (MLB.com*): Nico Hoerner is a top AFL hitter after first pro season. “I feel like I understand already what I do that works for me at this level, but also things I really need to work on and got exposed in some ways,” Hoerner said.
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Signs still point to Cubs starting their own regional sports network – big risk, big reward. “...there are a number of interconnected threads this offseason that we need to do our best to keep following...”
  • Jordan Bastian (Major League Bastian): Thanks for everything, Cleveland. “I never forgot the kindness that Carrie Muskat showed me in that locker room 14 years ago, and I know I have huge shoes to fill as her replacement on the Cubs beat now.”

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