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10:25 PM ET, November 27, 2007

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Sports Illustrated:
Yanks, Red Sox in Santana talks  —  The Twins have opened trade discussions for Johan Santana by asking the Yankees for a package of at least three young players that would include one of their three top starters — Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy — plus center fielder Melky Cabrera.
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Mark Feinsand / Blogging The Bombers:
Dealing Hughes for Santana a questionable move  —  After a week of family, friends and turkey, the Yankees got back to business yesterday, resuming their pursuit of Johan Santana.  —  This is not going to be a quick process.  Sure, the Twins could deal the two-time Cy Young winner by the end …
Discussion: NJ.com and MY BASEBALL BIAS
Mark Hale / New York Post:
METS AIMING FOR SOME HELP ON THE MOUND  —  The Mets won't make a trade with the Twins simply to rent ace left-hander Johan Santana.  For the Mets to trade for Santana, they would require a window to discuss a new contract, a person with knowledge of the club's thinking said yesterday.
New Jersey Online:
Yanks talk to Twins about Santana
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Brocail likely to depart Padres
Discussion: Houston Chronicle and Gaslamp Ball
Buster Olney / ESPN.com:
Rival executives: Cubs are willing to trade Prior … Four years ago, Mark Prior had the kind of stature that Johan Santana has now, as the pitcher that everybody would love to have.  But now the Chicago Cubs have made it known that they are willing to trade the former All-Star pitcher, rival executives say.
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Target for Prior is 2-year contract
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.
Jesse Spector / Touching Base:
Nine Innings: Dodgers GM Ned Colletti  —  Technically, I'm still on vacation, which is why you're not seeing any analysis (not that there have been many moves) until I really return to work on Thursday.  But when the phone rings for an interview, I'm not going to sit around and twiddle my thumbs for a few extra days.
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Al Balderas / Orange County Register:
Dodgers leaning inward for improvements
Discussion: MLB.com and Dodger Thoughts
David Jones / Florida Today:
Former Marlins trainer watches steroids debate with great interest  —  With a federal indictment looming over Barry Bonds, the steroids issue casts a cloud over the game that continues to grow darker with each passing home run.  —  Was it real, or was it enhancements?
Discussion: FanHouse and Mets Refugees
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
D-Backs waiting for Kuroda on offer  —  The Diamondbacks have extended an offer to right-hander Hiroki Kuroda and are waiting to hear back from the Japanese free agent.  —  General Manager Josh Byrnes would not divulge details of the offer, but Kuroda could command a deal worth up to $10 million a year for at least three years.
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Jim McLennan / AZ Snakepit:
Turning Japanese?  —  Something of a curveball, in the news …
Jeff Passan / Yahoo! Sports:
Two Series titles evidence of growing Theo-logy  —  Sometime soon the adjectives will be replaced.  For the breadth of his career as Boston Red Sox general manager, Theo Epstein's name has been preceded by some variation of his youth - kid, wunderkind, prodigy, all said with good intentions, and all tinged with derision.
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals are in familiar situation  —  Four years ago, the Cardinals reached baseball's winter meetings following a disappointing third-place season in which an incomplete pitching staff fed a frustrating summer and ultimately a collapse in September.  —  The Redbirds' entourage departed …
Jim Callis / Baseball America:
Houston Astros  —  Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel.  All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.
Discussion: Colt 45s Blog
Adam Rubin / Surfing The Mets:
Omar watching winter ball in Dominican Republic  —  Omar Minaya spent the past several days in the Dominican Republic.  Here's a message I just received from a source in that country:  —  "Omar Minaya has been here since last Wednesday and he was seen at several winter baseball games.
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and Mets Fever
A.J. Daulerio / Philly Mag:
The End Days of Bill Conlin's Online Crap Storm: Interview With Bill Baer  —  The last few days of Bill Conlin madness have devolved into this weird media sociology study: venerable columnist at a daily newspaper gets into an e-mail spat about his anti-sabermetrics column with a reader …
ESPN.com:
Indians' Lara suffered brain damage, spinal injury  —  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Doctors examining Cleveland Indians reliever Juan Lara found he had a spinal fracture, plus severe brain trauma fraom a weekend car accident.  —  Lara, who pitched in one game for Cleveland last season …
Sports Illustrated:
Tom Verducci: Six losing teams poised to break out in 2008  —  It's been many years since the phrase "five-year plan" has been heard around baseball.  Fans won't buy such talk any more because they so often see losing teams become playoff teams from one year to the next.
Discussion: Redleg Nation and Cincinnati Reds
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.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
 
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Some kudos to Minaya  —  This time next week the Mets' brass …
Discussion: Mets Fever
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pirates, new hitting coach reach agreement
Bob Dutton / Kansas City Star:
ROYALS NOTES: Guillen report denied
Discussion: Oriole Post
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A new boss in the Bronx
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Jim Molony / MLB.com:
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