After a long month of calls with other front offices leading into the trade deadline, Cubs general manager Carter Hawkins got to exhale for a brief moment before speaking with the media.

As the Cubs get set to host a three-game weekend series with the Marlins, here are four takeaways from that chat with the Cubs’ rookie GM.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter and podcaster for CHGO. I've previously covered MLB for and a bunch of other sports for a bunch of other outlets. Follow me on Twitter @ryan_a_herrera