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A hundred and thirty-one free agents, Holtzman’s natal anniversary, and other bullets

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Chicago Cubs Introduce David Ross - News Conference Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

While we’re waiting for the Cubs to pick up Anthony Rizzo’s $16.5 million option, there is still unfinished business. It won’t be finished today — the pilot lights are just being lit. The Cubs will need to fill the holes. We await word of how, as there’s really not much happening above the surface right now.

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.

2014 — The Cubs introduce new manager Joe Maddon at a press conference. The former Rays skipper is in an optimistic mood, saying he thinks the last-place club is capable of making a playoff run next season.

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