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Josh Thole ITBSOHL applesauce: Pitchers market thinning, Dayton Moore does something typical

I've always loved that slow news days in the winter inevitably bring about an ITBSOHL type article. The Mets managed to go a whole day yesterday without cutting another minor league team, making the minority ownership offer less appealing, or cutting costs via TRAID. Largely due to that we were treated to a piece form the post about Josh Thole: big time catcher. As much as I make fun of them, I actually do enjoy when articles give me some insight into what these guys are doing in the offseason.

As mentioned above, the Mets have decided to cut out the GCL Mets in a cost cutting maneuver for next season. Matt Cerrone did a little Q&A with Kevin Goldstein yesterday for those of you interested in reading it.

One of the popular names on the pitching TRAID front has been the White Sox John Danks. It appears he'll remain the White Sox property for a while as he and the club agreed to a 5 year, 65 million dollar extension yesterday. Scratch one lefty off of potential shoppers lists before xmas.

Gio Gonzalez is another hot commodity on the TRAID market at the moment. If Ken Rosenthal is to be believed the Nationals are willing to offer a boatload for the young lefty. This would be a good time to take a look at John Sickels rankings of the Nats it appears. If Gonzalez quickly joins Danks in the off the market club I could see interest in Jon Niese picking up considerably.

Carlos Beltran seems to be nearing a decision on a new home. Rob Neyer had piece over at Baseball Nation taking a look at several of his potential landing spots.

Dayton Moore has done it again. Yuniesky Betancourt is now a Royal again, and those of us dreaming of a Francoeur/Betancourt 1-2 punch in the lineup now have something to watch next season.

Ken Rosenthal lobby Jack Z to TRAID Felix. Seriously.

The Cincinnati Reds added another pitcher to their team, agreeing to a deal for Sean Marshall of the Cubs. I'm not sure I like what they are doing this offseason...they've got a pair of good pitchers now but they've given up an awful lot as well.

BtB took a graphical look at the Jason Kubel signing and tried to determine if it was a good move or not. It probably wasn't...

Finally I'll leave you with an interesting article from Baseball Prospectus about the success of the hit and run. This one is definitely worth the time it takes to read.