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.
  • Joel Edmonson

    Why does Santo getting into the HOF so important? I don’t think he belongs, and I really don’t understand the big deal anyway. I don’t really care who is in and who isn’t. It is nice for people when they get in, I guess, but really, who cares. I have been a Cub fan for as long as I can remember and I am 61, and love baseball, but doesn’t matter to me at all if anyone gets in or not. But have a great day, and hopefully next week will be interesting. Only player I wouldn’t trade is Castro, unless a team is willing to make an offer you couldn’t refuse. If we can get some really good players for Garza, trade him. They aren’t going to ask any of us what to do anyway, so let’s trust Theo and see what happens.

    • MichiganGoat

      Santo’s numbers are equal and often exceed other 3B in the hall, but he said that he did not to be selected to the hall if he wasn’t alive so I say they respect his wishes.

      • BetterNews

        Yes, it is a mute point now, sorrowfully.

    • Dougy D

      I agree. Waiting until Santo is dead to put him into the hall of fame is disrespectful to him and his family. I would kind of like for them to elect him the the HOF and have his son say “too late!”

      I kind of like the ring of THUNDER, Matt Murton. It makes him sound like he should be feared.

  • hansman1982

    The homegrown squad would be cheap, that is for sure, I bet you would have a hard time getting payroll to $75M

  • Cheryl

    Brett, will the cubs be looking at more junior college and Division 2 players because of the new CBA rules?

  • Spencer

    If Matt Garza is available, I would certainly hope that Randy Wells is available. Ground breaking reporting, Morosi.

    • CubFan Paul

      hilarious ..Brett works harder than that guy and Buster with waaay less resources must be nice

  • fearbobafett

    The Hall wants guys who did it the right way and Santo did, and that guy would have been the most emotional about getting in and it would NOT have gone to his head.

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    I think it’s pretty stupid for the Cubs to trade Matt Garza… Also trying to get a 3rd baseman when we have the best 3rd baseman in house now!

    • Toosh

      Ramirez has the option to accept arbitration. 1 year. Guaranteed contract. Of course as a 3B he has the option to play defense too.