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Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over an eroding franchise before the 2012 season. The Houston Astros provided them with a buffer in 2012, but that will be gone in 2013. With the Pittsburgh Pirates continually improving, it is likely that the Cubs will take a step back before they step forward. Epstein and Hoyer are going to try to avoid the temptation to go for the quick fix. Most of their problems reside on the mound, but there are a few holes in the regular lineup as well.     TRIF Rank Comments C   Geovany Soto -3.0 25th The Cubs finally had enough of his inconsistency and shipped him out last August. 1B   Anthony Rizzo 2.8 9th The bright spot in the Cubs rebuilding hopefully will build on his first extended time in the big leagues. 2B   Darwin Barney 17.2 1st His defense was so unbelievable that even the coaches took notice. 3B   Luis Valbuena 3.3 9th The Cubs re-signed Ian Stewart, so those two will fight it out in Spring Training. SS   Starlin ...

Jeff Samardzija, 2013 Fantasy Sleeper

When looking for possible candidates for a 2013 fantasy baseball sleeper post, do you know how I found Jeff Samardzija?  No, I didn’t look up the most difficult player names to spell.  That might’ve have taken me to Samardzija.  Not to mention, Saltalamacchia or Avisail Garcia.  What the hell is an Avisail anyway?  It sounds like a nautical GIF.  (BTW, say Samardzija fast...

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Some quick hits... - Frankly, i have no idea what effect this has on anything, but the Cubs are one of three teams to have opted out of the MLB/StubHub agreement that was recently renewed. I imagine tickets for Wrigley will still be available on StubHub, but not in some official capacity. I also imagine the Ricketts didn't like seeing tickets going for $2 on game day on StubHub...
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