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Ian Happ is a savage, controllable stars, Happy Birthday Javy, and other bullets

Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs
So much shade you’ll need a night light in the daylight.
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Well, there still aren’t any little packages under the tree. Not that I expected anything to happen overnight — it ain’t Christmas yet. But hey! One can hope that somebody from the idiomatic second tier will sign on the dotted line at any given time (I for one am not satisfied with simply taking CD Pelham 1, 2, or 3, but I’d be interested in talking about Jurickson Profar or Jackie Bradley Jr if they’re non-tendered.). It’s entirely possible that a free agent is negotiating right now. Hell, it’s even probable... just maybe not with the beloved. But we’re here to talk about the Cubs, and read about the Cubs, and think about the Cubs. So let’s just do that, and I’ll shut up.

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.

Today in Baseball History:

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.