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Cub Tracks doesn’t rule it out

Trading Bryant would be a mistake, Wood flips over mansions, and other bullets

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What the Frick? Hawk Harrelson beat out Pat Hughes. That’s a criminal act, to my way of thinking. Gamethread word Hawk Harrelson, and let a duck snort up the remains like Mark Blankfield snorted the wasabi.

KB is traded, or isn’t he? One sometimes wonders if the issue is more that he’s the team’s Player Rep and has some plans in that area. Yeah, I’m just natcherly suspicious. But still I persist in wondering, Dr. Jekyll.

All this and the Rule 5 Draft. Welcome to Thursday.

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.

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer indicated the team isn’t likely to complete a significant deal before the end of the meetings on Thursday: “I’d lean no but that can change quickly. It’s still early in the week. We’re not at halftime yet, so to speak.” Hoyer confirmed the need for the free agent market to get moving before the trade market can heat up. — Jesse Rogers.

Food for thought:

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