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Your complete Cubs wrap-up from Tuesday's news

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Your complete Cubs wrap-up from Tuesday's news

So we know today got cray here for you all trying to keep track of everything from the MLB Winter Meetings in Dallas. (For those of you not hip, the word "cray" is short for "crazy." That's how the cool kids abbreviate it now.)

To make things convenient, we've decided at CubsTalk here to aggregate all the content into one big post, like we did yesterday. You know, just 'cause we're nice and cool like that.

Things kicked off fast and furious (too fast! too furious!) as the Cubs allegedly put a bid in for Albert Pujols. A team official later denied, but it was just the way the rumors surrounding Pujols went all day.

Word came out that the Cubs thought more of Prince Fielder than Pujols, which makes total sense and may take the award for the most obvious news nugget of the day.

The Pujols drama raged on all day, with the Marlins bursting to the forefront as the lead candidate to sign the slugger and a mystery team emerged offering 10 years that may or may not have been the Cubs (hint: it probably wasn't).

Everybody was hoping the Pujols drama would end Tuesday night, but it didn't look good as of midnight central time.

Meanwhile, the Fielder news was less dramatic and attention-seeking, but still surrounded the Cubs as they emerged as one of the teams in on the "once in a lifetime" player.

The Cubs' top free agent, Aramis Ramirez is drawing plenty of interest from some major contenders, but the Brewers appeared to be the favorite early in the day. Late in the night, it looked as if Milwaukee may soon be alone atop the A-Ram sweepstakes with the Phillies dropping out and the Angels possibly more focused on Pujols.

The Cubs tried to improve their team with some trade talk, as well. If the Marlins do indeed sign Pujols, it would make first baseman Gaby Sanchez available and the Cubs could be a major player for the 28-year-old.

Chicago's rumored deal for the Rockies' Ian Stewart hit a snag as Colorado asked for top Cubs infield prospect D.J. LeMahieu and left-handed reliever Scott Maine.

Theo's crew also allegedly tried to do a little addition by subtraction in sending Alfonso Soriano on a one-way ticket out of town by trying to talk the Orioles into taking the outfielder. But, Baltimore officials said "no chance" to the deal when they heard about the rumors.

Also, the Cubs may be aiming to improve their pitching staff for 2012, but may have to look no further than their own roster as Carlos Zambrano is not out of the team's picture just yet.

And, in a bit of TMZ-esque news, Theo Epstein closed on a 3.25 million mansion just blocks from Wrigley Field, showing his mad money skills at overpaying as the house was on the market for over 250,000 less.

Tomorrow may be the day the Cubs actually make some moves. Or maybe they could make some overnight, as they signed Carlos Pena at roughly 3 a.m. central time last winter meetings.

Stay tuned.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Giving Thanks to the Cubs

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Giving Thanks to the Cubs

In this Thanksgiving-themed episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, and Tony Andracki discuss what they're most thankful for relating to the Cubs (1:00), with responses ranging from the upgrades at Wrigley Field to the hiring of Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon.

Then, in a nod to Black Friday, our panel debates the best deals the Cubs have ever made (7:10), including trades for Sammy Sosa, Ryne Sandberg, Jake Arrieta and more. Plus, Kap tells us how Harry Caray came to be the Cubs announcer after many years with the White Sox (15:00).

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: