Not a ton of stuff today (the beat writers are still on vacation seemingly), but what there is of it is good reading. Enjoy the links and a couple of topical remedies.
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Cubs News and Notes:
Although Baez did not win the MVP, he still should be recognized for his exponential improvement and the many ways he can beat you. @Cubs #Cubs @javy23baezhttps://t.co/5jKs4aO6pV pic.twitter.com/gaCl55dj2h— Doug Glanville (@dougglanville) November 17, 2018
Not only did I get to meet a World Series MVP but I got to meet an @olivetnazarene alma mater! Thank you @benzobrist18 for taking the time to sign my bat! #cubs #tigersforlife #flythew pic.twitter.com/jqE1FeWv6j— Orlando (@EsparzaLando14) November 18, 2018
- Jeff Burdick (Cubs Insider): Theo Epstein may also be haunted by ghosts of chicken and beer. “...one can see how parallels to that 2011 Boston team could haunt him now.”
- Matt Snyder (CBS Sports*): Bryce Harper rumors: Why you shouldn’t count out the Cubs despite supposed budget crunch. “What if, though, the Cubs are sending out messaging in a ploy to throw everyone off the scent?”
- Randy Holt (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): 2019 offseason target: Patrick Corbin. “...he’d be a tremendous boost to a Cubs rotation that struggled in the consistency department last year.”
- Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Pedro Strop is the “Heartbeat” of the Cubs, and his off-the-field performance deserves love. “Strop is a special dude.”
- Sean Holland (Cubs Insider): Andrew Miller, other lefty relievers could be viable options for Cubs. “...relievers are notoriously fickle and don’t typically operate under the same long-term deals as position players or starters.”
- Bill Thompson (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Cubs 2018 Rule 5 draft preview. “...the Rule 5 Draft plays off of the idea that teams should not be able to stockpile their best prospects.”
- Doug Glanville (NBC Sports Chicago*): Glanville Offseason Journal: Traded in the offseason, but life goes on. “Granddad, I am still hitting that ball.”
Food for thought:
Thanks for reading.