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Sunday Rockpile: It's quiet ... a little too quiet

It's a quiet day in Rockieville. The MLB landscape is at a standstill. Is this the calm before the storm?

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Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can here me. Is there anybody home?

Things are quiet right now in Rockieville and in MLB in general as we collectively wait for the winter meetings to begin while still digesting the handful of changes that have already affected the landscape right along with the copious amounts of turkey and other assorted goodies that you and yours hopefully devoured over the holiday.

All this being the case, there isn't much out there in terms of news this morning, the Denver Post still has the Nicasio trade and Cactus League schedules as their lead stories and many of us, myself included, have had the brain on other things for much of the week. But our good friends over at Roxpile are doin' work!

Hayden Kane jumps into details and analysis of the Josh Donaldson trade from the A's to the Blue Jays while filtering it through the prism of what it may mean for the Rockies. In other words, if that return is the best the A's could do, then the Rockies should probably wait before trying to trade any star infielders of their own. There is also some good stuff in there about the prospects returned to the A's in the trade which can be helpful for those of us less familiar with the Blue Jay's system.

Michelle Stalnaker, who I wish had more time to write because I think she does excellent work that is often from a vastly different perspective than my own, gives her review of Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs. I completely disagree with her characterization of Stubbs defense, but her opinion is valid and worth highlighting.

Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs takes a look inside the scouting reports of Yasmany Tomas in an attempt to decipher what kind of player the division rival Diamondbacks have really acquired.

And finally, Dave Cameron jumps inside the mindset of the Oakland A's, trying to figure out exactly what it is they are doing over there.

It's quiet today. So either nothing is happening, or something huge is about to. Hold onto your butts.