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Cubs News and Notes: Trade rumors, Darwin Barney, Cubs video, Hot Stove, more

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Next Game: Next Game: 50 days – Saturday, February 22, 2020: Athletics vs Cubs (Sloan Park)

Opening Day: 85 days – Thursday, March 26, 2020: Cubs vs Brewers (Miller Park)

Trade time: An MLB Trade Rumors’ poll asked two questions. (1) Will the Cubs trade a major player this winter and (2)who will it be? While the fans certainly don’t dictate when, if or who the Cubs will trade, the consensus says that it’ll happen,

Of the over 14,000 votes, a resounding 68.83% agree that a big trade is on the way, with 57.34% agreeing that Kris Bryant will be the one who gets moved. Second place belonged to Kyle Schwarber (16.93%), with Willson Contreras placing third (11.82%). Anthony Rizzo managed to get 2.58% of the vote, with Yu Darvish placing fifth with 2.08%.

Whatever the move will be, it most likely won’t come for a while yet. The smart money says that KB will be the one who’s dealt, with the possibility of Contreras or even Rizzo getting moved ONLY if the Cubs can’t move Bryant. With any luck, a decision on Bryant’s grievance will come sometime in the next three weeks, lending clarity to the rest of the offseason for Theo and Company. In the meantime, all we can do is wait (some more).

Marcel Ozuna: Why is Ozuna in the “Cubs News” section? Simple: Ozuna is to Nicholas Castellanos, what Josh Donaldson is to Kris Bryant. Once Ozuna gets signed, there’s little doubt that Castellanos will quickly follow, and now the reds, Cards and Rangers are all being reported as the frontrunners for Ozuna.

Texas is also reportedly a frontrunner for Castellanos, so if Theo is going to re-sign Nick, he’d better find some money. I remain confident that the Cubs will find a way, but Castellanos won’t (and shouldn’t) wait forever.

Josh Donaldson: JD now has a minimum of four, four-year offers on the table, reportedly including a $100M bid from Atlanta. Bryant’s grievance – which is now almost four years and a month old (December 7, 2015) – should be settled in the next couple of weeks, so it would sure be nice if Donaldson would take somebody’s money and run.

Then, there’s this…

Nico Hoerner: Congratulations to Nico Hoerner are in order. After making his Cubs’ debut last fall, Hoerner returned to Stanford this winter and completed his degree in American Studies.

“My parents sacrificed a lot for me to get a good education. Finishing it for them was a good part of it.” -Nico Hoerner

Too many young athletes forego completing their educations in order to play professional sports, often times winding up bankrupt after an injury or failed professional sports career. Nico deserves all the credit in the world for having his priorities straight in this screwed up world.

Darwin Barney: Former Cubs’ infielder Darwin Barney, has been named manager of the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in Nashville.

New Videos: The Cubs have released a new video for their YouTube channel, highlighting the best pickoffs from 2019. These are beautiful and Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana own a bunch of them.

Cubs’ Birthdays: Celebrating yesterday, were ex-Cubs Roberto Rivera (51) and posthumously, Randy Bobb (72), Ethan Allen (116), Teddy Kearns (120), Laurence "Hack" Miller (126), Tom Downey (136), Virgil "Ned" Garvin (146), and Hugh Nicol (162).

Condolences: Former Cubs Don Larsen has passed away; he was 90.

Baseball Quotes: “The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He struck out three times & made an error that lost the game. Parents swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud.” -Bob Uecker

MLB and the Hot Stove

Twins: Just a day after it was announced that the Twins had signed former Dodger Rich Hill, news surfaced that both Hill and his wife were arrested at Gillette Stadium, just prior to the Patriots/Bills game on December 23rd. Hills wife allegedly attempted several times to get an oversized bag past security, going from gate to gate, each time she was turned away. Security finally told her to leave the premises, at which time Hill intervened.

Before it was over, Hill’s wife arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, while Hill was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The couple was arraigned Monday, with the charges downgraded to civil infractions by Norfolk County Dist. Atty. Michael Morrissey’s office. Hill’s felony charge of resisting arrest was dropped by Morrissey’s office in the “interests of justice,” an office spokesperson said

Rockies: In what’s being dubbed as “buyer’s remorse,” Colorado is reportedly interested in shopping three relievers: Jake McGee, Bryan Shaw and former Cub, Wade Davis.

Yankees: Yank’s righty Domingo German has been suspended 81 games following an investigation into allegations of domestic violence. German had been placed on administrative leave back in September after MLB was notified that he’d been in an altercation with his significant other.

Robinson Chirinos: Reports say that former Astros’ backstop, Robinson Chirinos is nearing his decision on where to sign.

Red Sox: While we wait for Chirinos’ decision you can scratch another catcher from the board. Boston has signed Kevin Plawecki to a major league contract.

Control freaks: The White Sox look to be in a lot better shape than the Cubs, with regard to controlling players.

Nationals: Washington has signed free agent reliever, Will Harris to a three-year/$24M deal.

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