There is so much hot/lukewarmy stove goodness today that there was a pre-Bullets rumor on Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, there will be plenty of post-Bullets rumors, and there are even rumors in the Bullets, themselves. You can’t control the hot stove this time of year. You can only hope it doesn’t burn your grilled cheese…

  • A rundown of the Cubs’ possible offseason plans based on the things Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have actually said. When reading that, one thing becomes clear: these guys do not tip their hand. Anything and everything remains on the table.
  • A number of sites are rattling sabers about Randy Wells’ availability because of a Jon Paul Morosi article that lists Wells, among six other pitchers that are possibly available this Winter (including Matt Garza). That’s all well and good, but it’s been widely reported that *every* Cubs player is available. Why is this Wells business getting so much traction? The Cubs will listen to offers on Wells, but aren’t itching to dump him. The same is true of any number of Cubs.
  • Phil Rogers jumps aboard the Carlos-Marmol-as-trade-candidate train, noting that Marmol is both valuable to other teams and comes from a position of depth for the Cubs.
  • Nick Cafardo suggests Theo Epstein was unwilling to give up much in compensation talks with the Red Sox because he anticipated the changes to the CBA, which would make it more difficult to stock the Cubs’ farm system. I tend to think Theo was unwilling to give up much … because he was unwilling to give up much.
  • Ron Santo is eligible for selection – once again – into the Hall of Fame on December 4 and 5, by way of a special ballot, and the Hardball Times thinks he’s the most likely eligible guy to get in. If Ronnie finally gets in this time, it will make me simultaneously very happy, and very angry.
  • Carrie Muskat says we may hear more about the Cubs’ coaching staff this week.
  • If the 2011 Cubs were entirely homegrown, this is how they’d look. Yikes. Not a pretty picture of the Cubs’ ability to develop their own players over the last decade.
  • The Oakland A’s may squat in the Cubs’ old digs in Mesa after the Cubs move to their new Spring Training facility.
  • Former Cub Thunder Matt Murton is not expected to come back to the States, after having two great years in Japan.


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