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Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

Rylan Bannon, we hardly knew ye. Exchange Willson Contreras for Christian Vázquez? Hmm. I am intrigued. Tell me more. Let’s also consider the source...

I keep reading about sticker shock. Players seemingly want huge quantities of filthy lucre to perform their tasks. As well they should. They are the game.

But consumers, conditioned by years of contract talk and league-based propaganda, often take the side of owners, who still mostly operate by plantation rules, and oppose the obvious equitability of players earning those ‘huge sums’.

Baby, you’ve been HAD. The game is a business, regardless of what their anti-trust exemption says. How they keep that is beyond me... or beyond what you or I can say in this space. But ownership certainly maintains a(n) (un)healthy percentage of profit for themselves. They can afford to spend the money and not risk their investment(s).

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