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The Chicago Tribune reported this morning that the next owner of the Chicago Cubs could be announced as soon as this week. Despite the wishes of Cubs fans, the list of suitors has been whittled to three, none of whom is Mr. Mark Cuban.

Three prospective buyers made offers for the franchise at the end of November: Chicago real estate investor Hersch Klaff; the Ricketts family, founders of online brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.; and a group led by Marc Utay, a New York private-equity investor who grew up in Chicago.

There has been speculation that the Cubs can’t make a move on Jake Peavy until the ownership change is settled, so it’s possible that this announcement could get that ball rolling.

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