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8:05 AM ET, November 27, 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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Tim Marchman / New York Sun:
Sell the Whole Farm for Santana  —  There has never been a pitcher quite like Johan Santana.  You could call him a left-handed Pedro Martinez, but that would insult his uniqueness.  Once thought too short to be a starter, the reticent Venezuelan hero has been the key to this decade's baseball renaissance …
George King / New York Post:
YANKS PITCH FOR SANTANA  —  HANK REMAINS MUM ON 'UNTOUCHABLES'  —  The Yankees and Twins are talking about a swap that would bring left-hander Johan Santana to The Bronx, but Hank Steinbrenner was very vague when asked for his list of untouchables - presumably headed by Joba Chamberlain.
Kat O'Brien / Newsday:
Hank: Yankees talking with Twins about Santana  —  Hank Steinbrenner says the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins are talking about a trade for one of the game's biggest arms.  —  Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner publicly acknowledged Monday that the Yankees are involved …
Discussion: WasWatching.com
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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Chicagosports / Hardball:
What's Wood's role?
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Sign Kerry Wood
Discussion: FanHouse, Hot Foot and Bugs & Cranks
Associated Press:
Cubs, Wood agree to 1-year deal
Discussion: The MLB Source
MLB.com:
Cubs, right-hander Kerry Wood agree to one-year contract
Discussion: The Cub Reporter
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, FanHouse and Hot Foot
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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.
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
Gordon Edes / Boston Globe:
Loyalty not an act for this Red Sox fan  —  Homeboy Matt Damon, who narrates the 2007 World Series DVD that had its premiere last night at the Wang Center, is proud of his bona fides as a Red Sox fan, one who showed up on David Letterman's show last summer wearing a Sox jersey to diss the Yankees his entire interview.
Discussion: Surviving Grady
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Jim Molony / MLB.com:
Report: Brocail, Astros agree on terms  —  Right-handed reliever last pitched for Houston in 1996  —  HOUSTON — The Astros and free-agent right-hander Doug Brocail have agreed to terms on a contract, a Houston television station reported on Monday night.  —  KRIV-TV, citing Major League …
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myfoxhouston.com:
Pitcher Doug Brocail Reaches Contract Agreement with Astros  —  Major League Baseball sources tell FOX 26 Sports the Houston Astros have reached a contract agreement with free agent reliever Doug Brocail and the club is expected to make the announcement as early as Tuesday.
Discussion: Mets Today and MLB Trade Rumors
Jim Molony / MLB.com:
Astros bring in five new scouts  —  Club appoints Bratton as Midwest scouting supervisor  —  HOUSTON — The Astros, as part of their ongoing efforts to upgrade the club's player development pipeline, on Monday added five new scouts to the organization and named longtime scout Ralph Bratton as Midwest scouting supervisor.
Discussion: FishStripes
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Carefully casting for help  —  Melvin won't rush into bullpen deals  —  Doug Melvin realizes he has a void to fill at the back of his bullpen.  What he doesn't want to do is make a move that he'll regret.  —  "I want to be careful and not panic now," the Milwaukee Brewers general manager said Monday.
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Tom Haudricourt / Brewers Blog:   Melvin leery of injury-plagued relievers
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: Dodger Thoughts and FanHouse
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Dick Kaegel / MLB.com:
Notes: Bannister earns honor  —  Right-hander named to Topps Rookie All-Star team  —  KANSAS CITY — Right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister was named to the 49th Topps Major League Rookie All-Star team in balloting by managers.  —  Bannister led the Royals' staff in victories …
Discussion: Hot Foot
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
A-MISTAKE  —  BONUS BUCKS PRESSURE A-ROD DOESN'T NEED  —  JUST give Alex Rodriguez the money.  Give him the $30 million.  It just isn't worth the soap operas and headaches ahead for the Yankees to distribute his bonuses during the next decade.  —  The Yankees should know by now …
Discussion: The GYS Network
 
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