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Monday Rockpile: The one in which we can only discuss indirectly the Rockies' catcher situation

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There are many elements that go into every important decision. In the first place, you must try to grapple with the facts. What is the actual situation?

Secretary of State Dean Rusk to Eric Goldman (January 12, 1964)
Quoted in Secret Agencies: U.S. Intelligence in a Hostile World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996)

Baseball's GM Meetings take place today through Wednesday, and Dan O'Dowd knows that this offseason won't be much different from most other years:

"I think we are going to have a fairly quiet winter, but we will have to see what's out there to fill our needs," O'Dowd said. "But we will be sensible and balance what's out there with the players we have in our own system."

Patrick Saunders goes over most of the well-tread ground for the Rockies this offseason, but he also mentions several young pitchers who might be ready to help the Rockies in 2010: Samuel Deduno, Esmil Rogers, and Greg Smith. Greg Reynolds also receives a mention, but being "in a better place," in O'Dowd's words, after surgery isn't a ringing endorsement.

Saunders: Is 2010 the Rockies' year of Iannetta? - The Denver Post
Remember, there's still some rule in place that stops us from directly discussing this----or not.

Phillies decline option on third baseman Feliz - MLB - Baseball
Well, now the Phillies can go after Garrett Atkins once he's non-tendered.

Victor Zambrano's mother kidnapped in Venezuela - MLB -
"The mother of former major league pitcher Victor Zambrano was kidnapped Sunday, Zambrano's agent Peter Greenberg said late Sunday night by phone."

Coming up shortly, SBN's 2009 Managers of the Year Award.