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A Drama-Free Day and Other Bullets

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pedro strop cubsI had a considerable amount of fun last night at the wedding (the amount of fun you have at a wedding always seems to be inversely related to how you feel the next day), and we’re on the road to the airport for our flight back home.

  • To button up the Kevin Gregg drama of the last two days, Theo Epstein accepted Gregg’s apology, and the reliever won’t be released. There are but a week’s worth of games left in the season, anyway, so it’s probably not worth the hassle either way.
  • In his first – and heavily-anticipated, given the Kevin Gregg drama – save opportunity with the Cubs, Pedro Strop made it happen yesterday. Which is to say he struck out the side. He’ll likely get any other save opportunities the Cubs have to give the rest of the way, and then he’ll head into the offseason as the presumptive favorite to start 2014 as the closer. Given the anticipated makeup of the bullpen, I wouldn’t hate if the Cubs simply didn’t have a designated closer next year – Strop, Blake Parker, Justin Grimm, etc. all could throw late innings – but I understand why teams do it.
  • With yesterday’s win, the Cubs pulled into a tie with the Twins – in the win column – for the fifth worst record in baseball.
  • Scott Baker is happy with how his three-start stint with the Cubs went this year, all things considered. He’ll now rest up, and continue progressing toward a full return in 2014.
  • Cubs prospect Kyle Hendricks – yesterday honored as the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year – is back at Dartmouth taking classes so that he can get his degree. That’s Ivy League, baby. I understand. More on Hendricks here, and what he’s working on (other than his degree) going into next season.
  • And love for Hendricks and Javier Baez – yesterday honored as the organization’s minor league player of the year – from Farm Director Brandon Hyde here.
  • The pitching prospect the Nationals acquired with their David DeJesus waiver wire maneuvering? Matt Spann. Looking over the pedigree, it doesn’t look like the Cubs missed out too badly here.

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