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Typically acerbic #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news and notes, links and discussion, plus scientific food for thought. Minor-leaguers in the news, relief corps augmented, sunny skies and maybe a bright future.

Dansby Swanson at Sloan Park
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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. Dave’s probably here. Thanks for coming.

Jed Hoyer has been busy recently. The bullpen looks a lot better with the addition of Hector Neris and maybe Carl Edwards Jr., who I have always liked, but is on a minor-league deal. He’ll have to earn a spot in Spring Training. I’d still like a good lefty, and of course, Cody Bellinger, but things are looking up.

The minor-league system is the talk of the town these days, and justifiably so, but none of those players have proven themselves yet at the major-league level, and so we wait to judge.

But I’ll not throw any brickbats today, Ignatz. It’s a sunny day in Arizona, Spring Training is just around the corner, and I’ll save the salt for my fries. For now.

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“A guy like Hector Neris brings a lot more of that confidence that the game is over for a teammate. And you know what, the Cubs, who I think making moves like this puts them in that category we got to start talking to them as a serious contender to win that central. And these are the type of moves that winners make.” — David Aardsma.

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