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Priming the hot stove and picking at the leftovers before the Winter Meetings.

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All the news, printed to fit:


  • Anthony Rizzo had a fan Q&A on Twitter. He's raised more than a million dollars with his anti-cancer foundation and considers that his biggest accomplishment. Also, he gets in a good dig at Dan Haren.

From the Chicago Tribune:

  • Bernie Lincicome "weighs in": Does Sammy Sosa deserve Hall of Fame votes? You make the call...there's a lot of resistance to the so-called "tainted" athletes being enshrined among the other candidates for sainthood in Cooperstown.

From Cubs Den:

  • John Arguello: Playing Catch-Up: Thoughts on the Cubs' offseason so far and the options ahead as the hot stove will begin to warm up pretty soon. Cubs concentrating on pitching depth at this juncture, with Pierce Johnson added to the 40-man and Drew Rucinski, Ryan Cook, Andury Acevedo, Jeff Leathersich, Spencer Patton, and Rex Brothers added to the mix.

From Bleacher Nation:

  • Brett Taylor: Let's break down a suggested Cubs-Braves trade involving Shelby Miller and prospects. A different version of an argument also presented at Bleed Cubbie Blue, based on a Jim Duquette article. Willson Contreras and Billy McKinney?
  • Brett also has a "Must Read" on Jon Lester and pitch sequencing, extrapolating from a Fangraphs article. Good reading in both cases about the scientific side of pitching.
  • Brett also says that there will be no National League DH in the next CBA, and opines about a few other things like beat writing and inequity between the leagues.

From Cubs Insider:

  • Evan Altman picks up the alliteration dime and asks does David Price's lost leverage lift likelihood Cubs land lefty? That lost leverage would be the signing of J.A. Happ.
  • In his Rundown, Evan talks about MLB in Europe, David Price sitting pretty, and the amount of smoke in FA talks. What a difference a day makes.


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