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The rumors are flying high in San Diego.

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While we wait for official word on Jon Lester, which we assume will come sometime tomorrow, the Cubs appear to have another deal in the works for a veteran catcher and it would mostly just cost money. Both Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports are reporting that the Cubs and the Diamondbacks are close to a deal that would send Miguel Montero to the Cubs for minor league pitching.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sources: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cubs?src=hash">#Cubs</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DBacks?src=hash">#DBacks</a> expected to talk about Montero again tonight. Teams have been engaged for weeks. Deal appears to be getting closer.</p>&mdash; Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/542144660345344000">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has more details.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Cubs and Diamondbacks are indeed talking about Miguel Montero, as <a href="https://twitter.com/jonmorosi">@jonmorosi</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal">@Ken_Rosenthal</a> reported. Arizona return wouldn&#39;t be big.</p>&mdash; Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/542146125919055872">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Miguel Montero is owed $40M over the next three years. Cubs would assume most, if not all, of $ with low-level prospects going to D-backs.</p>&mdash; Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/542146758831132673">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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On the Jon Lester front, the story is still that the Cubs and the Giants are the favorites, although this report from Patrick Mooney says the Dodgers and Red Sox are supposedly still in the mix and that the Dodgers may try to blow Lester away with a huge seven-year deal.

This tweet from Ken Rosenthal indicates that if the Cubs were to sign Lester, they would accelerate the rebuilding process by trying to pick up a hitter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cubs?src=hash">#Cubs</a> get Lester, industry source says next move would be to pursue big bat and try to accelerate revival. A bat in addition to Montero.</p>&mdash; Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/542167970273710081">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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One would assume such a player would have to come through a trade, as Chase Headley appears to be the closest thing to a "big bat" on the free agent market at the moment.

And in case you haven't heard, Jeff Samardzija appears to be heading back to Chicago. But before you get your hopes up, he seems to be headed to the South Side, perhaps for Marcus Semien and prospects.

We'll have more updates as more information becomes available. And if you stay up all night, Jon Lester may never come down your chimney to leave any presents.