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9:25 PM ET, November 28, 2007

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ESPN:
Sources: Rays, Twins close to Young-Garza swap  —  The Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays are close to a swap of two potential future stars.  —  The Twins would acquire outfielder Delmon Young in exchange for right-hander Matt Garza, sources told ESPN.com's Keith Law.
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La Velle / Twins Insider:
Twins close to landing Delmon Young [updated]  —  The Twins and Tampa Bay Rays are close to finalizing a multi-player deal, according to several sources with knowledge of the discussions.  The deal could be announced as soon as today.  —  The main pieces changning teams would be outfielder Delmon Young …
MLB.com:
Mets acquire RHP Brian Stokes  —  The New York Mets announced today that they have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Brian Stokes from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations.  Stokes will be added to New York's 40-man roster, which now stands at 36.
Discussion: Mets Fever
Scott Miller / CBS SportsLine.com:
Twins close to deal to land Young, four others from Rays  —  The Minnesota Twins are closing in on a major trade, though not the one most of the baseball world is awaiting.  —  While talks continue surrounding two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana, the Twins are moving swiftly in attempting …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and MLB.com
Buster Olney / ESPN.com:
Sources: Percival, Rays close in on multiyear deal … Troy Percival got to know Joe Maddon when he pitched for the Angels and Maddon was a coach for the same team.  Assuming there are no unforeseen snags in negotiations, Percival and Maddon will be reunited in Tampa Bay next season.
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Free agent could set up for Yankees  —  LIKE THIS STORY?  —  Troy Percival setting up for Mariano Rivera?  —  It's possible if Percival decides he would be comfortable pitching in the eighth inning, according to industry sources.  —  Percival, however, is more likely to sign as a free agent …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
Matt Garza For Delmon Young Blockbuster Close  —  UPDATE, 11-28-07 at 7:30pm: This thing hasn't gone through yet because of concerns over Rincon's elbow.  The deal will either be finalized or killed by Thursday, according to Scott Miller.  The trade has been in the works for a few days.
Discussion: FanHouse
ESPN:
Source: Don't count out Mets in Johan trade derby  —  A major league executive with knowledge of the Twins' trade talks told 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand that the Mets should not be counted out of the Johan Santana Sweepstakes.  Mets general manager Omar Minaya has had talks with Twins GM Bill Smith.
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Discussion: Bronx Banter
Marty Noble / MLB.com:
Mets make no bones about their needs  —  Minaya and staff head to Winter Meetings seeking pitching  —  NEW YORK — If the Mets' "next year" were to begin today, their starting rotation would have a certain translucent quality.  It is that thin — thinner than it was when their 2007 season ended …
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
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David Lennon / Newsday:
Mets turn attention toward A's Haren and Blanton
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and MetsBlog.com
Denver Post:
Rox: Herges, Torrealba deals expected  —  Rockies catcher, Yorvit Torrealba, warms up during batting practice before game four of the World Series.  Torrealba may be nearing a return to Colorado next season.  (THE DENVER POST |  ANDY CROSS)  —  Yorvit Torrealba and Matt Herges returned …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Hot Foot
T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com:
Rangers seeking three areas of need  —  Veteran bullpen help, center fielder and impact bat wanted  —  ARLINGTON — By the time the Rangers assemble in Nashville, Tenn., for baseball's Winter Meetings on Monday, their offseason will be two months old.  —  In that time, nothing has changed.
Chris Kline / Baseball America:
Early Rule 5 Preview  —  Buckle your seatbelts.  This year's Rule 5 draft will likely be more exciting than 2006, thanks to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  —  Included in the new CBA, which went into effect last October, was an alteration to the Rule 5, giving teams an extra year …
Discussion: River Ave. Blues
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards weigh options at short  —  Properly modifying the Cardinals is as much about timing as it is about money, according to general manager John Mozeliak.  —  His search for a starting shortstop offers an intriguing first example.  —  Three days away from formally extending …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Tom Haudricourt / Brewers Blog:
Don't believe those rumors  —  Don't believe the rumors you read and hear that suggest the Brewers might trade for Minnesota closer Joe Nathan or Washington's Chad Cordero, in the wake of losing free agent Francisco Cordero to Cincinnati.  —  General manager Doug Melvin said today it is unlikely …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Mark Sheldon / MLB.com:
It's official: Reds land closer Cordero  —  Reliever signs four-year deal, with a club option for 2012  —  CINCINNATI — The Reds made the addition of Francisco Cordero official on Wednesday by announcing that they had signed the All-Star closer to a four-year contract.
 
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