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Cub Tracks’ unconventional wisdom

The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. We put on our thinking cap and adjusted the propeller, and then left the thing unattended.

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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.

So, no Cubs Convention this year. Color me unsurprised. They don’t want to answer questions honestly, and COVID is a handy excuse.

Carlos Correa’s floor looks to be around 160 million for five years. The ceiling might be twice that. I don’t think he’s going to be wearing Cubbie blue pinstripes next year. “Wanting to have players like Correa, Seager, Story, Semien or Baez in the middle of a lineup is a no-brainer for many other teams, too,” says Russell Dorsey. Yeah. I don’t think ‘intelligent spending” means getting into bidding wars.

The White Sox are reportedly planning to pick up Craig Kimbrel’s option. Trayce Thompson and Nick Martini have elected free agency, according to several sources. Jonathan Holder, too.

Still waiting for official word on the new hitting coach. Maybe they’re pre-firing him? Has Chris Valaika left yet?

Nelson Velasquez and Caleb Kilian continue to do things in the Arizona Fall League. Other Cubs minor-leaguers are there too, doing stuff like striking out five batters in four scoreless innings. 2023 and 2024 look good.

A lockout still looks likely from my armchair. It’s hard to get excited about MLB right now.

“A season that may not happen, if the owners follow through on their threat to lock out the players for refusing to hand over their first-born children to MLB in exchange for moving up the super-two cutoff by five days, or something like that. It could be a cold stove indeed, unless a few teams try to strike early because others will be sitting out the offseason until there’s a new CBA in place.” — Keith Law

Yikes. Anyway I cast the net far and wide as the industry seems to share my preoccupations, and found a few interesting things from the MiLB level to chew on.

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