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Cub Tracks’ 1-2 punch

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Spiked the punch bowl. It’s a knockout.

Here’s Cub Tracks News and Notes, your every-other-day-except-on-weekends escape from the humdrum. 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 on this page as sarcasm font. (In the comments section, use @ before and after your remarks @ to produce sarcasm font.)

“We’re only on Day 2 of a new year and already we’ve run out of things to write.” — Evan Altman.

  • Joshua Diemert (Pinstripe Alley*): Yankees Potential Trade Target: Kyle Hendricks. “The Cubs are signaling a fire sale, so it’s time to be buying,”
  • Andy Martinez (Marquee Sports Network*): Willson Contreras, Miguel Amaya and where the Cubs’ catching depth stands. “Amaya, I don’t see him as an option, certainly to start the season,” Hoyer said.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider*): Not talking seriously about Jake Cronenworth may give clues to Cubs’ plans. “... the Cubs are going to need to have an elite defense if — and Hoyer keeps insisting this is the case — they really do hope to compete.”
  • Connor Byrne (MLB Trade Rumors*): MLBTR Poll: Grading the Yu Darvish trade. ‘... whether the team made the right call is certainly up for debate.”
  • Russell Dorsey (Chicago Sun-Times* {$}): Cubs’ top five moments from the 2020 season. “Alec Mills’ no-hitter was the obvious choice for the Cubs’ top moments of 2020, but there were a few more that made an impact.”

Food for thought: