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10:30 AM ET, November 28, 2007

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David Lennon / Newsday:
Mets turn attention toward A's Haren and Blanton  —  Oakland's Dan Haren is one of two A's pitchers the Mets are strongly pursuing this offseason.  (Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)  —  As the Yankees trumpet their trade talks for Johan Santana, the Mets, in typical fashion, aren't saying much when it comes to their rotation needs.
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Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Wanted: Santana  —  Sox in aggressive pursuit … The Red Sox [team stats] are actively engaged in trade talks with the Minnesota Twins about Johan Santana and plan to aggressively pursue the two-time Cy Young Award winner, a baseball source said yesterday.
Joe Cowley / Chicago Sun Times:
Rowand out of picture  —  Crisp a more likely target for Sox; Taveras a possibility  —  It's an easy assumption to make.  —  The White Sox watched the Los Angeles Angels nab Torii Hunter from their grasp for 90 million reasons last week, and they're still in the market for a center fielder.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and The Zo Zone
NY Daily News:
Watch out Yankees!  Mets ready to make pitch for Johan Santana  —  Over the years they have managed to stay out of each other's way in the pursuit of high-priced free agents, but not this time.  The Johan Santana sweepstakes has put the Mets and Yankees on a collision course that is likely …
Discussion: Mets Heads
Jack Curry / New York Times:
Top Prospects Merely a Down Payment on Santana  —  When Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins thinks about the seven-year, $126 million contract that Barry Zito signed with the San Francisco Giants 11 months ago, it would be natural for him to smile.  And when general managers ponder that bloated contract …
Discussion: Bronx Banter and New York Sun
Pete Caldera / NorthJersey.com:
Yanks could trade pitcher, young hitter  —  In their pursuit of Minnesota Twins ace Johan Santana, the Yankees must be willing to give until it hurts.  —  The Mets, Dodgers and Red Sox will be in there, too, pitching young impact players and prospects.  And then, there's the matter …
Kat O'Brien / Newsday:
Yankees putting package together to get Santana from Twins
Discussion: River Ave. Blues
Sports Illustrated:
Yanks, Red Sox in Santana talks
Mark Feinsand / Blogging The Bombers:
Dealing Hughes for Santana a questionable move
Discussion: NJ.com and MY BASEBALL BIAS
Marty Noble / MLB.com:
Wagner lays out challenges ahead  —  Veteran closer tackles offseason issues facing club  —  NEW YORK — Part of the Mets' introduction to Billy Wagner two years ago was a warning.  "I'm blunt," he told them.  And he suggested if candor were upsetting, the club might be better off looking elsewhere for a relief pitcher.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
No worries as Rowand waits  —  Unlike Paul Konerko two years ago and Torii Hunter last week, Gold Glove center fielder Aaron Rowand isn't stressing over his free-agent status.  —  "I'm actually enjoying it," Rowand said Tuesday via phone from his home near Las Vegas.  "We'll know when the time is right.
Discussion: South Side Sox
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CBS SportsLine.com:
Insider: Johan soon gone? Feeling Minnesota's hot-stove temp
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Bucco Blog
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Twins still looking to ship Nathan, Santana  —  LIKE THIS STORY?  —  Johan Santana might not be the only big-name Twins pitcher who gets traded before Opening Day.  Joe Nathan also looks like a goner, especially now that the Reds are on the verge of inflating the closer market …
Discussion: Hot Foot
Various Authors / The Biz of Baseball:
Voices on Barry Bonds  —  There may be no larger lightning rod in Major League Baseball than Barry Lamar Bonds.  He is arguably baseball's poster child for performance-enhancing drugs.  Nevertheless, he has never tested positive for the use of PED.  —  In 2003, Bonds testified …
Discussion: The Progenitor …
Associated Press:
Brewers guarantee Kendall $4.25M in new deal  —  MILWAUKEE — Jason Kendall will be guaranteed $4.25 million under the one-year contract he and the Milwaukee Brewers intended to finalize Wednesday.  —  The Brewers reached a preliminary agreement last week with the catcher and planned a Wednesday news conference at Miller Park.
Joe Frisaro / MLB.com:
Marlins heading back to school  —  Team employees to take part in Junior Achievement Day  —  MIAMI — Marlins employees will head back to school on Friday to take part in a Junior Achievement Day.  —  The event is taking place at Parkway Elementary School in Miami.  In all, 26 team employees will be teaching 20 classes.
Discussion: FishStripes
MLB.com:
Tom McCarthy rejoins Phillies broadcast team  —  Tom McCarthy, who spent the last two seasons as a play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets on WFAN, is returning to his roots as a member of the Phillies broadcasting team, Rob Brooks, Manager, Broadcasting announced today.
Vince Gennaro / Yahoo! Sports:
A-Rod's dollars make sense for Yankees  —  Despite the posturing, bruised egos and serpentine route of the courtship, Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees are a money-making marriage unparalleled in professional sports.  —  We know the details of Rodriguez's contract: $275 million for 10 years …
Discussion: Blogging Baseball
Jason Beck / MLB.com:
Mailbag: Granderson and the MVP  —  Beat reporter Jason Beck answers Tigers fans' questions  —  I just don't get it.  Jimmy Rollins had a great season for the Phillies, all-around great numbers and won the MVP.  But, Curtis Granderson posted very similar numbers, and the same type of glove …
 
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Associated Press:
Boston DH Ortiz anticipates quick rebound from knee surgery
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Hall of Fame voting gets underway
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