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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, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor!

Journalists are rarely afforded style points, but I’d award some if I were allowed to, to Brett Taylor for the marvelously understated title of his piece today. It’s a good read, here at your friendly neighborhood link-aggregator with benefits. What used to be LOOGIES are now pricing themselves out of the market as teams will use younger, less expensive southpaws.

Seems obvious on the face of it, although it could use a good shave. Here we have our noses to the wheel and our shoulders to the grindstone, and that will have to suffice.

Salary demands have long been an agent of change. I’d probably start mumbling the ‘collusion’ term but this doesn’t seem as heavy as that connotes. More like ‘dollars and sense’, but we’re not used to that from baseball executives and so it seems off somehow. It is as if everyone decided to spend intelligently at once, and some disregarded the memo. I mean, it’s natural for these guys to not want to spend the boss’s money indiscriminately, innit?

So there is the increasing likelihood of pasturization to add into the narrative, another subplot that might turn into a herring as we get the razors out, my droogies.

Jurickson Profar is the latest rumor. I dunno. Maybe.

RIP Bobby #9. Stan has your new skates. I understand that they’re pure gold.

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BCB favorite Daniel Vogelbach is in the #bestshapeofhislife:

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