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#Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news and notes. The atmosphere around the ballpark is foggy right now. Not enough developments.

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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.

The Winter Meetings are over. I don’t really understand the reason for even having them but whatever. Sometimes things happen, but mostly it’s just guys blowing smoke. The Hot Stove is so far away that I can’t see it.

Hoyer almost misses the old days of the winter meetings, when front office executives learned about negotiating face-to-face. The meetings have an “anachronistic nature,” he said, thanks to modern technology.” — Paul Sullivan.

Brailyn Marquez and Victor Caratini are Astros now. Juan Soto’s bombs will be in the Bronx. Craig Kimbrel’s gonna get him some crab cakes. The Cubs re-signed Ethan Roberts.

On the plus side, the Yankees trading for Soto could open up another Bellinger avenue. We’ll see if there’s a parade.

Cubs fans deserve Xmas presents dammit Jed! From Column A, Jed!

Forgive that outburst. An undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese. A fragment of underdone potato. I promise it won’t happen again. Well, at least not right away.

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