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5:55 PM ET, November 26, 2007


 Top News: 
Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Sign Kerry Wood  —  UPDATE, 11-26-07 at 1:45pm: It's official, and it's worth $4.2MM plus another possible $3.45MM in incentives.  Ryan Dempster's move to the rotation is official, and it looks like the Cubs may not pursue another starter (they had been linked to Hiroki Kuroda).
Discussion: Bugs & Cranks, FanHouse and ShysterBall
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.
Cubs, right-hander Kerry Wood agree to one-year contract  —  CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Kerry Wood have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2008 campaign.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  A member of the organization since being selected …
Discussion: The Cub Reporter
Associated Press:
Cubs, Wood agree to 1-year deal
Discussion: The MLB Source
2007 postseason shares announced  —  A full postseason share for the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox totaled $308,235.75, while a full share for the National League Champion Colorado Rockies totaled $233,505.18, Major League Baseball announced today.
Rob Bradford / Boston Herald:
Kielty waiting to make next move … Bobby Kielty is on quite a roll.  —  Since hitting the homer that proved to be the game-winning run in the Sox' World Series clincher, life has been a whirlwind for the outfielder.  —  There was the team's celebratory parade, autograph signings in Boston …
Gordon Edes / Boston Globe:
VP Charles Steinberg leaves for Dodgers  —  Dr. Charles Steinberg, who dramatically transformed the fan experience in Fenway Park in his nearly six years here, is leaving the Red Sox as executive VP for public affairs to accept a top front-office position with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to major league sources.
Discussion: Baseball Musings
Associated Press:
World Series share money declines from last year  —  NEW YORK — A full World Series share was worth $308,236 for the Boston Red Sox, down from the record $362,173 set by the St. Louis Cardinals last year.  —  Boston's split of the postseason players' pool was $18.89 million …
Jack O'Connell /
Hall ballot welcomes 11 newcomers  —  Lean list could bode well for holdovers Gossage, Rice  —  The 2008 Hall of Fame ballot that was released Monday and will be mailed at the end of the week to more than 575 voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America contains merely 25 names …
Discussion: The Griddle
Associated Press:
Raines, Justice among Hall candidates  —  LIKE THIS STORY?  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Raines and David Justice head 11 first-time candidates on the baseball writers' 2008 Hall of Fame ballot, joining Mark McGwire, Rich Gossage, Jim Rice and 11 other holdovers.
Discussion: Baseball Musings
USA Today:
Whirlwind courtship ends with Hunter in Angels' OF  —  Center fielder Torii Hunter heard the words, and suddenly couldn't breathe, his heart pounding against his chest.  —  "Are you sure?"  —  It was a simple question posed by his agent, Larry Reynolds, and now it was time to finalize …
Bob Klapisch / ESPN:
Hank Steinbrenner eclipsing GM Cashman  —  In the not so distant past, the New York Yankees' information flow was about as tight as the Soviet-era Kremlin's, which was to say, good luck trying to get a front-office response to the most benign questions.  News blackouts from Tampa, Fla. …
Mets unveil Shea Stadium commemorative logo to celebrate final season in long-time home  —  Mets to wear uniform patch bearing logo for all 2008 home games  —  FLUSHING, N.Y. — The New York Mets today unveiled the commemorative logo celebrating the 45-season history of Shea Stadium …
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:
A's feeling ripples across bay  —  Bonds indictment affects their lineup, Haren's trade status  —  The federal government's indictment of Barry Bonds might have major implications for at least two teams this winter, neither of which is the San Francisco Giants.
John Sickels / Minor League Ball:
2008 New York Mets Prospects  —  New York Mets Top 20 Prospects for 2008  —  All grades are EXTREMELY PRELIMINARY and subject to change.  — Fernando Martinez, OF, Grade B+  — Deolis Guerra, RHP, Grade B+  — Carlos Gomez, OF, Grade B (undecided, may raise to B+.
AnybodyButBengie / Mets Refugees:
The Fernando!  Manifesto  —  Sometimes when I'm wandering around the internet, I come across discussions about Fernando Martinez.  Other teams' fansites, prospect sites, etc.  And in any discussion about Fernando, there's always the person who chimes in with an assertion that Fernando Martinez really isn't all that great.
Discussion: and Hot Foot
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