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There’s gonna be baseball this month. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. The jury is still out, the situation is still flexible, events are liquid, and I’m fresh out of axioms that apply, so rather than court censure, I’ll bend the rules just a little and enjoy an Old Style while I pen this perfidy. Feel free to join me. First one to find the frog wins.

I dunno about you, but I’ve been watching the Caribbean League to get my fix. And brushing up on my Spanish while doing so. Good brand of ball.

The writers address several pressing issues (there’s still not much news today, as in a good chunk of the offseason). Zack Short tries to iron out his swing, we consider what it would be like to have Nolan Arenado on board, and we may not be done making moves. Farewell, Pedro.

Seeya, Nick — I would have liked to see you play in the good laundry this year, at the one ST game I plan to attend. Enjoy.

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.

Submitted by Arizona Phil on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 1:01pm.

Also, Craig Kimbrel will be switching from #24 (the number he wore with the Cubs in 2019) to his long-time #46 (which was worn by Pedro Strop for the previous seven seasons), so discussions about retiring Lee Smith’s #46 will likely be tabled until after Kimbrel finishes his time with the Cubs.

it beggars belief that whatever problems Bryant had in 2014 between Double-A and Triple-A were solved in seven games in 2015... — Sheryl Ring.

Food for thought:

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