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So the new thing is Florida native Nick Castellanos and his big stick to the Marlins. I’m not sure I see the sense in that for Nick but okay — he’s gonna make a ton of money no matter where he plays. I’d want to be happy and maybe win some games. Counter-intuitive? I think so. We’ll see how that all pans out.

While we’re waiting, news comes in slowly, dribbling out like a point guard with a two-point lead and time to kill. We try to avoid the pyrite here and generally grasp at straws. Occasionally something Rumpelstiltskins and we get a few lines out of it. Mostly I get a crick in my neck from looking sideways at the material. The GM meetings started today in Scottsdale. I hope it rains deals.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

“I’d say this is a ruse by Marlins leadership to act like they’re trying to spend money to improve the team by throwing both remaining fans a bone.” — Evan Altman on Castellanos.

“No one knows how this winter is going to evolve, even us,” said team president Theo Epstein, who has been busy with changes to every part of the organization but the player roster since the season ended six weeks ago.

“We have no idea who will be available to us so taking any name that comes up in a trade rumor with a mouthful of salt is appropriate. Not just a grain.” — Gordon Wittenmyer.

Food for thought:

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