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The Big Winter Baseball Splash is behind us. And Hanukkah ends today. But Christmas is just days away and Eppler is still shopping for last minute outfielders.

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The Cubs truly are winning the offseason, but it's not over. Not by a long shot. Andrelton Simmons is a huge boost, and Escober ain't particularly shabby. If Eppler can still land an outfielder AND a respectable second baseman, and keep our rotation intact, his first off-season has to be taken very, very seriously. So that's still pretty good news!

Therefore here, on this, the last day of Hanukkah,  enjoy some National Bouillabaisse Day Links:

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Angels Baseball

Kumbaya: Here is this week's regularly scheduled episode of "The Mike Scioscia Gets Along With His GM Show". For those of you who have seen this show already, yeah, it's a repeat. Apparently, they have made only one of these episodes since early October...........

Frequent Flyer: Someday Yunel Escober might displace Kevin Bacon as the most commonly connected celebrity. Escobar does get around, now tying Edwin Jackson as the most oft-traded active MLB player...............

Arms Race: Eppler is still busy doing the usual and customary, signing up one potential bullpen arm after another and get the horde to Spring Training and pick the hottest guys to staff your relief corps. His latest signing is 34-year old Ramon Ramirez, fresh from the Mexican Leagues. It would be pretty cool if Ramirez could repeat the value he delivered for the Giants back in 2010, after being traded from Boston at the deadline, when he achieved an ERA+ of 594!.............

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Elsewhere In Baseball

Card Games: The Greatest Baseball Fans Of All Time, dedicated to supporting The Greatest Baseball Franchise Of All Time, do not take lightly to being rejected. In fact, some of them are absolutely ugly in reaction to Jason Heyward exercising his right to choose to play for whomever he wants..............

Free Money: Well, it appears that the mega rich are just like us regular folk, after all. If they find some sudden wealth, what better thing to do than go right out and spend it. And that is exactly what the owners of the DBacks did. Freshly fueled by the fat bankroll that comes with a huge TV contract and learning that Zack Greinke was about to choose between the two biggest challenges to the DBacks - the Giants and Dodgersthe DBacks jumped in with the impulse buy of the baseball century and blew a big chunk of their wad in only 5 1/2 hours...........

Gamblers Synonymous: DraftKings and FanDuel got another pasting in court over the weekend, with a judge declaring that according to how the New York State anti-gambling laws are written those services are, indeed, gambling. And they need to shut down. Suddenly, this no longer is just an issue of some random politician trying to make a name for themselves. This now becomes a legally vetted roadblock, and something that might spread to other states. So, of course, the services have scrambled and gotten a stay until an appeal can be heard. Life support measures, really...........

Derek's Dominoes: Maybe it's because I am not a particularly large fan of the MFY, so I keep forgetting that Derek Jeter even exists, much less that he is retired and busy paddle boarding the Hudson this Winter. Well, I do recall that he has finished off his string of single ladies and chosen to marry his most recent. But past that, nothing. And, hey, guess what? Jeter keeps forgetting that I exist, too! In fact, he doesn't miss me at all. So we have that in common, which is more than can be said of Derek Jeter and 35 million Yankee fans. Nor does he miss anything much about playing for the Yankees, either. One more reason for Yankee fans to hate Hannah Davis.............

Zack's Mesas: Zack Greinke's signing with the DBacks put him in front of microphones and in the spotlight. And, gloriously, Zack Greinke continues to demonstrate that he is one weird dude................

More Free Money: Not necessarily baseball, but what with Arte being mind to do something about playing on State College Boulevard it's worth noting how the people who own sports and sit on the receiving end of public money think and feel about using us as a 9 figure windfall. Eric Grubman, Executive Vice President of the NFL, was interviewed on radio and came right out and challenged us all by insisting that it's unfair to consider the ability of an super-wealthy owner to pay for his own business needs when discussing the concept of somebody else paying for those needs on behalf of that super-wealthy owner............

Long Shots: The Cubs may be winning the off-season, and they may be favorites to win the World Series, but that level of "favorite" still sits at a paltry 1 in 7..............

Money Ain't Everything: Michael Cuddyer just walked away from something like $12.5 million to retire. I am not going to begrudge him one bit. But that must be very, very nice...........

HoF: Hall of Fame induction announcement time is slowly approaching, and not all of the new entries are going to last long, so enjoy them while you can. This includes Garret Anderson, David Eckstein and Troy Glaus.

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Hot Stove Season

Big Spenders: The Ken Giles trade was well-known before the weekend, but the price for Giles (and one Philly prospect) was most certainly not. The Astros dug deep into their treasure chest of farm hands and sent back a train load of talent to the Phillies. Included among them, former #1 pick Mark Appel. Remember, Giles is a reliever!............

Aiming High: Some good news came out of the post-Heyward rumor mill, as folks added up all the bits and pieces of data dribbled out. There is good reason to believe that the Angels actually were one of the teams that offered a higher bid than Heyward settled for (scroll down to find the specific paragraph). So maybe Heyward want to stay in the mid-west, and maybe he wants to play with Joe Maddon, or maybe the thought of playing for the Angels is just not as charming as we think it should be. Regardless, it appears that Arte's wallet is open for business and THAT might be as big a piece of news for Halos fans to come out of the Winter Meetings after all...........

Still Shootin': The Winter meetings are over, but there are still a lot of moves that will be made between now and the opening of camps next Spring. Eppler, for example, is still chasing the top remaining Free Agent outfielders............

Clock Work: Did the sun rise in the east again? Yes? Well, that can only mean one thing: Jerry Dipoto made another roster move. This one was signing Steve Cishek. This isn't a minor league move with an invite. This is a 2-year deal and Cishek is now set to become the M's closer. Recall that this is the same Dipoto Mariners that obtained closer Joaquin Benoit in a deal with the Padres just one month ago.............

Cueto'd Off At The Pass: Johnny Cueto also wanted to play for he team of his own choosing. Unfortunately for Cueto, that team is the Boston Red Sox. Cueto wanted to follow in the footsteps of Pedro Martinez. And the Red Sox went out and blew their wad on David Price. So either Cueto takes a huge cut in his expected pay day, or he goes ahead and listens to the offers being sent his way by the Dodgers............

Rocky Road: Astute baseball fans will by now have looked beyond the Jason Heyward they now lost to the Cubs, and realize that if they have to surrender some draft pick anyway they might as well surrender players outright, and where are there more talented outfielders stuck on a franchise that is retooling for trades, than Colorado? Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon are there and maybe they are to be had, and the Nationals appear to be first in line. If CarGo gets traded it will be very interesting to measure the price, since he could have been had for a song earlier this year.............

Leake-y Times: FWIW, the stock of ex-Dback's pitcher, now Free Agent, Mike Leake is falling very, very fast. The Dbacks won't even listen to an offer for a hometown discount.............

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