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11:15 PM ET, November 26, 2007

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Associated Press:
Twins, Yankees in preliminary talks about Santana  —  NEW YORK — The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins have started trade talks involving Johan Santana.  —  Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said Monday that discussions are ongoing but it was too early to tell whether they would lead to a deal.
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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. …
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Colletti banks on young players  —  Pricey deals make the GM think twice about acquiring veterans.  Plus, he's 'curious' to see what the younger players have in store.  —  Citing the high asking prices for top players on the trade market and the lack of quality among free agents …
Discussion: FanHouse
USA Today:
Whirlwind courtship ends with Hunter in Angels' OF
ESPN.com:
Wood spurns others' offers for Cubs' 1-year deal  —  CHICAGO — Given his history of arm problems, even Kerry Wood was surprised at all the interest he drew from other teams in free agency.  —  While Wood was tempted to leave, he couldn't be lured from the team he has pitched for his entire career.
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Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Sign Kerry Wood  —  UPDATE, 11-26-07 at 1:45pm: It's official, and it's worth $4.2MM plus another possible $3.45MM in incentives.  Ryan Dempster's move to the rotation is official, and it looks like the Cubs may not pursue another starter (they had been linked to Hiroki Kuroda).
Chicagosports / Hardball:
What's Wood's role?
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
MLB.com:
Cubs, right-hander Kerry Wood agree to one-year contract
Discussion: The Cub Reporter
Associated Press:
Cubs, Wood agree to 1-year deal
Discussion: The MLB Source
MLB.com:
2007 postseason shares announced  —  A full postseason share for the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox totaled $308,235.75, while a full share for the National League Champion Colorado Rockies totaled $233,505.18, Major League Baseball announced today.
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Associated Press:
World Series share money declines from last year  —  NEW YORK — A full World Series share was worth $308,236 for the Boston Red Sox, down from the record $362,173 set by the St. Louis Cardinals last year.  —  Boston's split of the postseason players' pool was $18.89 million …
Gordon Edes / Boston Globe:
VP Charles Steinberg leaves for Dodgers
Discussion: Baseball Musings
David O'Brien / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hampton injured ... again  —  Braves uncertain if pitcher, making rehab, will return to action this winter  —  It's a familiar refrain, this time from south of the border: Mike Hampton is hurt again.  —  The Braves left-hander injured his right hamstring in the first inning of his first start in the Mexican Winter League last week.
Discussion: Chop-n-Change
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David O'Brien / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hampton hurt again; whither Andruw?  —  A quick one, before he's away at the Winter Meetings (OK, that was fairly lame paraphrasing of the The Who's rockin' second album title).  —  If it seems like negotiation wheels are grinding slowly for free agents such as the Braves' Andruw Jones, Ron Mahay and Octavio Dotel, well, they are.
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 …
Discussion: The Griddle
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Associated Press:
Raines, Justice among Hall candidates
Discussion: Baseball Musings
Tom Haudricourt / Brewers Blog:
Melvin leery of injury-plagued relievers  —  In need of a new closer after losing Francisco Cordero on the free-agent market to Cincinnati, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he has concerns about the injury histories of the three biggest names remaining — Eric Gagne, Octavio Dotel and Troy Percival.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
David Lennon / On the Mets beat:
The case for Estrada  —  Just got back from an extended Thanksgiving break and it seems as if everyone has been busy carving up Johnny Estrada with the same knife they used on last week's bird.  —  Since the Mets traded for Estrada, the best thing said about him in most circles is that he is not Guillermo Mota.
Discussion: Mets Fever and Hot Foot
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:
A's feeling ripples across bay  —  Bonds indictment affects their lineup, Haren's trade status  —  The federal government's indictment of Barry Bonds might have major implications for at least two teams this winter, neither of which is the San Francisco Giants.
T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com:
Mailbag: Will Young change positions?  —  Rangers beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers fans' questions  —  With Torii Hunter already signed with the Angels, are the Rangers going to try for Aaron Rowand, or make an attempt to snag Coco Crisp from Boston, or will they go against what they said earlier …
MLB.com:
Mets unveil Shea Stadium commemorative logo to celebrate final season in long-time home  —  Mets to wear uniform patch bearing logo for all 2008 home games  —  FLUSHING, N.Y. — The New York Mets today unveiled the commemorative logo celebrating the 45-season history of Shea Stadium …
 
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