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#Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news and notes. It’s reportedly down to two teams now, vying for Cody Bellinger’s services.

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Welcome to today’s episode 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.

Michael Canter over at Cubs Insider is of the opinion that the Cubs’ current quandary is due to Jed Hoyer’s brand of fiscal conservatism and not Tom (or Joe) Ricketts. He makes the case in his ‘Rundown’, which combines Cubs and MLB focus and is usually a good read. I disagree, as said, and think the issue is that the purse strings might be yanked at any time, as happened at least once to Theo Epstein.

Either way, the affect is that the Cubs look like a mid-market team, play like a mid-market team, and smell like a mid-market team. I have compared the team’s upper management to Ferengi, and not favorably, and I’m not wrong. Late-stage capitalism is what it is and that’s all I am going to say about that in these pages. I’m just glad that I didn’t step in it.

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