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4:15 PM ET, November 26, 2007


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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).
Cubs, Wood agree to terms on one-year contract  —  CHICAGO — Kerry Wood, who made the switch to the bullpen last season after a swift recovery from shoulder problems, agreed Monday to a $4.2 million, one-year deal to return to the Chicago Cubs.  —  Wood, the 1998 NL Rookie of the Year …
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 …
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 …
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 …
George King / New York Post:
JOHAN SWEEPSTAKES BEGINS  —  Rich teams getting richer makes Bud Selig grimace.  Nevertheless, after watching the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez agree on the largest contract in baseball history that could swell past the $300 million mark, the commissioner is bracing for another team …
CHARLEY WALTERS: Minnesota Twins' Francisco Liriano's status pivotal
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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+.
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.
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 …
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. …
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
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Dodgers' activity absent after Torre  —  LIKE THIS STORY?  —  After signing Torii Hunter and trading for Jon Garland, the Angels are pushing hard to acquire Miguel Cabrera.  —  The Dodgers?  —  Their off-season might have been over before it began, judging from comments by owner Frank McCourt in Sunday's Boston Globe
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts and Purple Row
Paul Hoynes / Cleveland Sports News:
Indians reliever Lara seriously injured in crash  —  Indians left-hander Juan Lara was seriously injured Saturday night in an automobile-motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.  —  Lara, 26, suffered what an Indians spokesman called "life-threatening injuries" when the car …
Dejan Kovacevic / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Hot Stove: Prices for Bay, Wilson might be 'outrageous'  —  The Pirates are not shopping Jason Bay or Jack Wilson.  —  That was the insistence of general manager Neal Huntington earlier this week in his PNC Park office.  —  "No, none of our players is being actively shopped," he said.
Pirate Blues / Bucco Blog:
Looking back at the farm & rumors
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and DRaysBay
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