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Cubs and MLB news — The lackluster off-season, Jon Lester’s natal anniversary, and other bullets

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Happy birthday, Jon Lester!
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Some stuff to chew on below, and maybe some things that will stay down if swallowed, in this digest-size edition. Kap dumps on the Cubs. Evan Altman dissects the arb numbers and Todd Johnson offers part 10 of his organizational thumbnails. Jordan Bastian looks at the Opening Day roster.

Not quite a full plate, but more than a snack. We’ll take it, for now. I am not assuaged by Carlos Asuaje.

Yeah. More King Crimson — someone mentioned that they had seen this edition of the band live, and I’m jelly. 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 U.S. Tax Court upheld $72.7 million in penalties over the 2009 sale of the Chicago Cubs by Tribune Media Co. on Monday, granting the IRS a partial win in its challenge of the $845 million deal’s tax treatment. — Law 360 {$}.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.