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Cubs win, CarGo came and perhaps hasn’t hit the wall yet, Kimbrel speculation, and other bullets

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CarGo came. 33 isn’t too old to help some. Who knows? Ideally, he’s the next Jim Edmonds/Gary Gaetti. Clearly he retains his defensive skills. His bat looked plenty quick Monday but SSS. Perhaps he can climb to his previous heights and the plateau isn’t so lost.

He sounded plenty happy to be in Chicago in the postgame interviews. I like it. We can build a couple of runways for the CarGo cult but I dunno if we wanna go full-out tiki yet.

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.

“Right now, the Christmas gift is gonna be Pedro Strop very soon. The moment we get Stroppy back, that lengthens the whole bullpen again.

”Just let it play out, man. I don’t worry about stuff like that. I like the group that we have when Pedro comes back — [Steve] Cishek fills a different role, they all become different in a good way. You just can become thicker in the bullpen. Once Pedro’s arrived, I think you’ll see a difference with that. And then regarding any free agents or whatever, that’s not up to me — it’s up to the front office.” — Joe Maddon

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