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In my world, it’s still Saturday and we’re watching some kung fu preparatory to Svengoolie viewing. Tonight’s feature is The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll, which would mark as prescient our comments about the exquisite Mark Blankfield version if we hadn’t been cheating by looking ahead in the program listings. Or were we? You couldn’t make this stuff up. Or could ya? We imagine it’s somewhat less far-fetched than some of the trades we see around the Twitters, yeah? But even Jekyll and Hyde (or Heckle and Jeckle, for that matter) were not as two-faced as the owners, who merely send out their emissaries, who make prepared statements and genuflect at regular intervals in the interest of holy collusion... gosh the rich make me hungry.

Righto. That was silly. Let’s just nip that in the bud before we start out Stevenson and go all Jonathon Swift and strain our gullivers through the grandstand netting.

Here at Cub Tracks, we’re more responsible than to print such rot. We are, after all, professionals. 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.

“Traditionally, you know, Christmas was always kind of a boundary for free agents,” said Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer on Thursday, even as his friends from 29 other front offices were sprinting for the airport. “Everyone wanted to be signed by Christmas. Maybe we’re going back to that. So that would certainly leave the rest of December and January to be more of a trading season.” — Ken Rosenthal, Jayson Stark {$}.

Food for thought:

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