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Cub Tracks’ non-tender is the night

The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. This one might not have cooked long enough and is still tough.

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Frank Selee, Cubs manager from 1902-05
Photo by Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

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.

Soooo slow that most of the beat writers haven’t posted in a week or so.... we keep looking for news of Cubs signings. Kyle Ryan’s understudy/replacement Locke St. John is not exactly what fans are looking for, given the front office’s claims of competitive aspect. Matthew Boyd isn’t going to make it for me, either.

My thoughts span the full spectrum from ironic to sardonic but I’m not going to give them voice right now. Let’s just say that I don’t see any evidence yet of sincerity or competence from the Cubs’ front office, compared to other similar outfits across the sport.

And I would like to. It isn’t about spending money. It’s about “intelligent spending,” spending wisely. And I understand that sometimes that might mean not spending at all. But if you’re going to do that, don’t be claiming that you’re going to be a competitive team. Just be honest and say “we’re gonna play the kids and see what we have” and let the blue chips fall where they may.

“... it’s frustrating to see the Cubs sitting on the sidelines as premium players fall off the board.” — Michael Canter.

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Today in Cubs and MLB history:

Cubs birthdays: Frank Killen, Elmer Koestner, Ed Mayer, Steve Hamilton, Matt Lawton, Rich Harden, Luis Valbuena, Alec Mills.

Food for Thought: