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Beyond the Ken, and other bullets

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Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes, such as they are. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

  • Ken Rosenthal (The Athletic {$}): The slow market for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado is another sign that baseball’s current system is broken. “It’s​ baseball’s version of a Catch-22.”
  • Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Operating in Bears’ shadow no problem for quiet Cubs: ‘I’m pulling for them,’ Theo Epstein says. “Every offseason is unique. We’re working hard, and there are a lot of things we’re trying to do behind to the scenes to make sure we have a successful season next year,” he continued.
  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN*): Do Cubs have enough to compete in baseball’s toughest division? “...the Cubs are feeling the heat from a division they seemingly owned at this time a year ago.”
  • Moshe Wilensky (Cubs Insider) Could launching their own network actually cost the Cubs Bryce Harper? “...while Harper would absolutely make the 2019 Cubs better, I am not sure he would make them more money.”
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Where will Cubs turn for bullpen help? “...it’d be nice to see something more solid materialize here before long.”
  • Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum (MLB.com*): Zach Davis is Cubs’ fastest prospect. “While he may not project as more than a pinch-runner at the big league level, he does have 62 steals in 183 pro games.”
  • 670 The Score: Mark Loretta on new job [AUDIO].
  • Dave Hoekstra: Requiem for my Cubs tickets. “Success became too much to handle.”

Food for thought:

That’s some catch, that Catch-22.