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Cubs and MLB news and notes — Bryant, Rizzo, Maddon, unhappy media, and other bullets

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MLB: Winter Meetings
It’s all talk so far
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In this explosive edition, Anthony Rizzo speaks up, Bryzzo are still tight, the Cubs still have the same third baseman but the national media don’t care, Joe Maddon takes some shots, and other items will amplify, mystify, and hypnotize. Sooo many lulz and even some news. Don’t pass it by!

Now if we could just get to the point where chatter on the field and in the stands drowns out the trade buzz. — Evan Altman.

All the news, printed to fit — here’s today’s episode of Cubs News and Notes, the only links column that really matters. 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.

“A five-year shelf life in Chicago is almost equivalent to 5 to 10 somewhere else. At the end of the day, man, there’s nothing to lament there. That was the most successful five years that the Cubs have ever had.” — Joe Maddon

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