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D12: New CBA puts Cubs in on Pujols and Fielder?'Duk's Dozen is a heaping morning serving of baseball items, links and takes — designed to keep you warm all offseason long.

1. Is it now or never for the Chicago Cubs? Ken Rosenthal believes that might be the case as he reports their interest in the free-agent first basemen. With the new CBA limiting opportunities to stockpile talent through the draft and thin free-agent classes coming up in 2012 and 2013, the Cubs believe this could be their last chance to land an impact bat for a few winters. Fox Sports

2. The Washington Nationals were in on Fielder before the CBA was completed, but their talks with the Milwaukee Brewers star have reportedly slowed.  MLBTR

3. I find it very difficult to believe that Fielder would limit his market by refusing to sign with one of the five teams that used to employ his dad. Or that Scott Boras would remain his agent if he wanted to take such a silly stance. Fan Nation

4. Take a good look at the White Sox this week, because they could look completely different once Kenny Williams is done at next week's winter meetings. South Side Sox

5. Keith Law says the Pittsburgh Pirates are listening to offers on Andrew McCutchen(notes). Our pal Tom Smith hopes that means GM Neal Huntington is only doing his due diligence, much like Kevin Towers did with Justin Upton(notes) last year. Rum Bunter

6. No one really believes that Andrew Friedman will leave the Tampa Bay Rays to return home to Texas. Least of all, Houston Astros fans. Crawfish Boxes

7. It was the joke du jour on Monday to kid that the Phillies stocking pool in Houston had been shuttered with Ed Wade's firing. But a closer look at all of the deals reveals that Wade didn't get ripped off as much as popular opinion believes. The Good Phight

8. Anyone want to let Matt Murton(notes) return to the United States? Fangraphs

9. Frank McCourt's hurting the business of the San Diego Padres now? Gaslamp Ball

10. David Schoenfield wonders what Mark Trumbo's(notes) future holds if he can't take more than 25 walks or post an OBP higher than .291 in one season. Sweet Spot

11. Twilight zone time: When did the Marlins become the Yankees and the Yankees become the Marlins? LoHud Yankees

12. It doesn't get much sadder than Greg Halman(notes) lying in state while wearing his Seattle Mariners uniform. Hall of  Very Good

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