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4:00 AM ET, November 28, 2007

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TwinCities.com:
Minnesota Twins should trade stars for Boston Red Sox's cheap youth  —  If I'm the Twins' general manager, here's what I do.  (And I'd do it under duress because I'd be working for a cheapskate owner.)  I get on the horn with Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and say, "You want Johan Santana, right?"
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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 …
Sports Illustrated:
Yanks, Red Sox in Santana talks
Kat O'Brien / Newsday:
Yankees putting package together to get Santana from Twins
Discussion: River Ave. Blues
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.
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Adam Rubin / Surfing The Mets:
Wagner down on Mets  —  Billy Wagner isn't a big fan of the Mets' offseason so far.  The closer told the Mets' Web site: "Someone asked me what I thought of our team.  I said, 'What team?'  We've lost 13 games [Glavine's victory total], and now we are going have to give up something to get those games back.
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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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
Al Balderas / Orange County Register:
Dodgers leaning inward for improvements
Discussion: MLB.com
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.
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
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.
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.
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Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Champs opt to $hare
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 …
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
Agence France Presse:
Mariners star Ichiro says he considered moving to Yankees  —  TOKYO (AFP) - Ichiro Suzuki said he considered moving to the New York Yankees before deciding — with his wife's encouragement — to stick with the underperforming Seattle Mariners.  —  "I had been wavering in my mind since early spring …
Associated Press:
Boston DH Ortiz anticipates quick rebound from knee surgery  —  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — David Ortiz is happy with the pace of his recovery from knee surgery.  —  Boston's designated hitter had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Nov. 6 to repair damaged cartilage that has bothered him all year.
Discussion: Baseball Musings
Tom Singer / MLB.com:
Serafini hit with 50-game suspension  —  Free-agent reliever tests positive for banned substance  —  Left-hander Dan Serafini, who pitched in Japan for 3 1/2 seasons prior to resurfacing in the Majors late last summer, has received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball …
David Pinto / Baseball Musings:
Starr Witness  —  MLB FanHouse links to an interview with Larry Starr, long time trainer for the Reds and Marlins.  He's out of baseball now and coopertating with the Mitchell investigation, although he refuses to name names.  He was aware as early as 1984 that players were using steroids.
Discussion: Al's Ramblings
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David Jones / Florida Today:
Former Marlins trainer watches steroids debate with great interest
Discussion: FanHouse
 
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Marty Noble / MLB.com:
Mets release final schedule at Shea
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Peter Abraham / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Hall of Fame voting gets underway
Discussion: Lady At The Bat
A.J. Daulerio / Philly Mag:
The End Days of Bill Conlin's Online Crap Storm: Interview With Bill Baer
Sports Illustrated:
Tom Verducci: Six losing teams poised to break out in 2008
ESPN.com:
Indians' Lara suffered brain damage, spinal injury
Adam Rubin / Surfing The Mets:
Omar watching winter ball in Dominican Republic
Discussion: Mets Fever and MetsBlog.com
 Earlier Picks: 
La Velle / Twins Insider:
Afternoon update: Twins clear space on their 40-man roster, hmmmmm....
John Delcos / The LoHud Mets Blog:
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
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals are in familiar situation
Mark Kriegel / Fox Sports:
A new boss in the Bronx
 

 
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