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Don’t Panik, Blazek still fighting, and other bullets

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Cubs Mascot Howard Huhn Photo by Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

I think out of the box. So does my cat Chicken Butt, to tell you the truth — his box could use some attention. So could the 40-man roster, for that matter...

... so much for sugarplums. Sorry. I don’t have enough angries in my blood to channel Peter Finch today. This column is written under the influence of virgin eggnog and possibly one too many biscuits with my gravy at brunch. Thursday I will happily dig around in the muck — today Ima trade the team away, or at least the intelligentsia will. Won’t you join us in pruning the roster?

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.

The Toronto Blue Jays are getting set to name Shane Farrell as their new amateur scouting director, per sources for Robert Murray (via Twitter), previously of The Athletic. Farrell has been the west coast crosschecker for the Chicago Cubs. — MLB Trade Rumors.

Shouldn’t he be in the penalty box?

Shouldn’t I?

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading. Happy holidaze.