The big NL Central rumor so far today is that the Reds are looking at dealing for Andrew Bailey from Oakland. In other news, the Pirates have inked Clint Barmes to a 2-year deal (update coming shortly), the Cubs are looking at staff options, and Reds and Brewers fans come to terms with a diminishing market:
Dale Sveum keeps Rudy Jaramillo on Cubs’ staff - Chicago Sun-Times
"Cubs manager Dale Sveum has made some of his first staff decisions, including retaining well-regarded hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, one of the top-paid coaches in the game. He’s under contract through 2012."
The week ahead - Red Reporter
"Will the Reds do anything before Thanksgiving? We do not, however, have the answer yet to the question of why the Reds filled up their 40-man roster and included at least one player who didn't appear to be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. But since Walt passed the test on Phillips' and Cordero's options, we'll wait to see where he's going with this."
Monday's Frosty Mug - Brew Crew Ball
"Meanwhile, the Brewers might be running out of time to make a splash on the shortstop market. The Pirates agreed to a two year, $10.5 million deal with Clint Barmes over the weekend, removing one more possibility from the market. Barmes said the Brewers made him a two year offer, but he chose the Pirates instead."
Carlos Zambrano hit in face by line drive - Chicago Sun-Times
"Pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who’s trying to earn his way back on the Cubs for the final year of his contract, needed 16 stitches after being hit in the face by a line drive during his start Friday in a Venezuelan winter league game."