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Bryant’s Beautiful Shoulder, Infield Rumors, Cardinals Prospect Suspended, and Other Bullets

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Welp, got in a car accident yesterday. Fortunately The Littlest Girl, who was with me at the time, is fine. I am also fine, except for burns on my hand and arm from the airbag. The car, however, is not doing so well. So that’s a project I didn’t want to have to take on.

  • How about this great news from Cubs Insider on Kris Bryant, via his dad: Bryant is already swinging the bat with his old, un-modified swing, and he’s totally pain free. Although I don’t like leaning on the “improvement will come from within” mantra when it is offered as a reason not to take advantage of offseason transaction opportunities, I believe it’s absolutely true that if the Cubs are going to be a 95-win team again next year, they’ll have to have a lot of improvement internally. And no player has the ability to be more impactful in his improvement over 2018 than Kris Bryant.
  • Interesting rumors yesterday for the Cubs, with them in on utility infielder Daniel Descalso and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. While you could to all kinds of extrapolating on those, I tend to think the Cubs just like Descalso as a utility guy whose bat may bit in the midst of taking off, and whose presence on the roster would give them cover and flexibility with respect to Addison Russell’s suspension and possible trade. Tulowitzki, similarly, could just be a cheap potential option to cover the Cubs when they’ll be without a middle infielder. With a tight budget and needs in the bullpen, these moves just make sense from a roster build-out perspective. And, sure, if they happen to afford additional flexibility to make trades (like moving Ben Zobrist, as much as we might not want to see that as fans of his), then that’s probably more of an option rather than a purpose.
  • A big corner-turning moment four years ago today:

  • Matt Szczur has found a home for 2019:

  • Speaking of complicated, related transactions:

  • I don’t get any SCardenfreude from this, because I just think it’s bogus that these kids are so harshly punished for weed:

  • If you hit it in the hot tub on the fly, it’s an automatic grand slam:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.