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There's a corny holiday song about the most wonderful time of the year and Winter Meetings always seem to have that feel for the beat writers that jet off to sunny locales reporting on hearsay and scuttlebutt. We plebes toil away in our cubes waiting for morsels of information and are usually left wanting. Honestly, though, Winter Meetings are often more sizzle than steak...or are they?

Steve Melewski: Former O's exec Jim Duquette talks about Dan Duquette and the Toronto situation
Melewski on Duquette on Duquette. Or something.

O's rumor mill starts early at Winter Meetings | MLB.com
Britt on the Duquette what have you.

School of Roch: Orioles approached about Stubbs, Duquette on MLB Network Radio
Aside from the news within the division, Dan Duquette's appearance on MLB Radio yesterday yielded other informative nuggets.

10 storylines to watch this week at MLB's Winter Meetings | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports Things that, you know, don't on their face involve Dan Duquette.

Camden Depot: Non-Tendered Players Who Could Help the Orioles in 2015 (and Beyond) More than a couple players of note or at least potential interest, here.

On this day in 1996, the O's inked Jimmy Key to a two year deal.

Birthday wishes to hero/villain Mike Mussina. It's also the birthday of fleeting O Alfredo Aceves and Jose Leon.