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In the week prior to the annual Winter Meetings, which will commence Monday in Indianapolis, the Hot Stove began to boil. Chone Figgins, Placido Polanco, Marco Scutaro, Billy Wagner, and Takashi Saito signed news deals for 2010. The Rays, Phillies, Brewers, Mets, Orioles, and Mets (again) added new catchers, either in trade or vie free agency.á The trade market began a slow simmer, as Tampa traded for Cleveland's Kelly Shoppach, and the Chicago Cubs dealt two spare parts (including slugging reserve Jake Fox) to the Oakland A's for reliever Jeff Gray and a pair of prospects. Aside from Figgins, however, the marquee free agents and trade bait remain primed to move, with just two days remaining before the start of the summit. Not all of those enigmas will be resolved by the time the organiza ...

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