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USA Today:
Whirlwind courtship ends with Hunter in Angels' OF  —  Center fielder Torii Hunter heard the words, and suddenly couldn't breathe, his heart pounding against his chest.  —  "Are you sure?"  —  It was a simple question posed by his agent, Larry Reynolds, and now it was time to finalize …
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George King / New York Post:
JOHAN SWEEPSTAKES BEGINS  —  Rich teams getting richer makes Bud Selig grimace.  Nevertheless, after watching the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez agree on the largest contract in baseball history that could swell past the $300 million mark, the commissioner is bracing for another team …
Sid Hartman / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Hunter sought out role on a contender  —  The star center fielder's decision to leave was driven by the realization that the Twins won't be competitive in the AL Central in the near future, he said.  —  Torii Hunter said he wouldn't have returned to the Twins even if the money …
TwinCities.com:
CHARLEY WALTERS: Minnesota Twins' Francisco Liriano's status pivotal
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Tony Massarotti / Boston Herald:
Give Santana a look
Mike Puma / Associated Press:
A-ROD GETS BUCKS FOR HIS BANGS
Rob Bradford / Boston Herald:
Kielty waiting to make next move … Bobby Kielty is on quite a roll.  —  Since hitting the homer that proved to be the game-winning run in the Sox' World Series clincher, life has been a whirlwind for the outfielder.  —  There was the team's celebratory parade, autograph signings in Boston …
Jack O'Connell / MLB.com:
Hall ballot welcomes 11 newcomers  —  Lean list could bode well for holdovers Gossage, Rice  —  The 2008 Hall of Fame ballot that was released Monday and will be mailed at the end of the week to more than 575 voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America contains merely 25 names …
Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Sign Kerry Wood  —  According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Radio 1000, the Cubs have signed Kerry Wood to a one-year, $4MM deal with no options.  Wood apparently had four other offers for two years worth $5-6MM.  The Padres, Brewers, and Red Sox were among them.
Discussion: Bugs & Cranks
John Sickels / Minor League Ball:
2008 New York Mets Prospects  —  New York Mets Top 20 Prospects for 2008  —  All grades are EXTREMELY PRELIMINARY and subject to change.  — Fernando Martinez, OF, Grade B+  — Deolis Guerra, RHP, Grade B+  — Carlos Gomez, OF, Grade B (undecided, may raise to B+.
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John Sickels / Minor League Ball:
Carlos Gomez, OF, New York Mets  —  Bats: R Throws: R HT …
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and Mets Today
Bob Klapisch / ESPN:
Hank Steinbrenner eclipsing GM Cashman  —  In the not so distant past, the New York Yankees' information flow was about as tight as the Soviet-era Kremlin's, which was to say, good luck trying to get a front-office response to the most benign questions.  News blackouts from Tampa, Fla. …
Paul Hoynes / Cleveland Sports News:
Indians reliever Lara seriously injured in crash  —  Indians left-hander Juan Lara was seriously injured Saturday night in an automobile-motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.  —  Lara, 26, suffered what an Indians spokesman called "life-threatening injuries" when the car …
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Dodgers' activity absent after Torre  —  LIKE THIS STORY?  —  After signing Torii Hunter and trading for Jon Garland, the Angels are pushing hard to acquire Miguel Cabrera.  —  The Dodgers?  —  Their off-season might have been over before it began, judging from comments by owner Frank McCourt in Sunday's Boston Globe
Discussion: Purple Row
Juan C. Rodriguez / Sun-Sentinel:
Marlins may find Angels may be best fit in any deal for Miguel Cabrera  —  If the Marlins don't budge from their four-player demand for Miguel Cabrera, here's one potential return from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: second baseman Howie Kendrick, catcher Jeff Mathis …
Discussion: FishStripes
Dejan Kovacevic / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Hot Stove: Prices for Bay, Wilson might be 'outrageous'  —  The Pirates are not shopping Jason Bay or Jack Wilson.  —  That was the insistence of general manager Neal Huntington earlier this week in his PNC Park office.  —  "No, none of our players is being actively shopped," he said.
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Pirate Blues / Bucco Blog:
Looking back at the farm & rumors
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and DRaysBay
Steve Serby / New York Post:
SERBY'S SUNDAY Q&A WITH...  HANK STEINBRENNER  —  The Post's Steve Serby chatted with the new Yankees boss about his expectations for 2008 and beyond, his life as George Steinbrenner's oldest son, and his memories of a lifetime in and around the world's most famous ballclub.
Fox Sports:
Top 10 under-the-radar free agents  —  LIKE THIS STORY?  —  The 2007-08 class of free agents was already a relatively weak one, and now that the ranks are dwindling by the day, it's even less impressive.  —  With that in mind, let's overlook for the moment the remaining marquee names …
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
 
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