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Cub Tracks puts the pot on

The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. This one is merely a vessel.

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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™. Here we have material from current beat writers, bloggers, and the occasional in-house habitué, moonlighting. These pieces center around #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball.

In the absence of conclusions, there is speculation. The hard news: the Cubs have hired an assistant pitching coach, Daniel Moskos, a former Major-League pitcher, and the Detroit Tigers signed pricy left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, more or less officially opening the Hot Stove Season. Manny Piña signed with the Atlanta Braves. Cubs signed Tyler Payne on a minor-league deal. Patrick Wisdom came in fourth in the ROY vote. Frank Schwindel was seventh. Hey, to even be on the radar is a good thing.

The latest loud rumor has Corey Seager extending a tentacle. I’d like to believe it. It’d solve the shortstop question for now and/or maybe third base if Wisdom falters, and his lefthanded power stroke would look sweet in the everyday lineup. Bring his brother for a year or two, too.

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Today in Cubs history:

Cubs birthdays: Joe Quest, Rollie Zeider, Tuffy Stewart, Clay Bryant, Garth Mann, Harry Chiti, Chris Haney. Also notable: Cristóbal Torriente HOF.

Food for Thought: