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10:45 AM ET, November 27, 2007


 Top News: 
Associated Press:
Twins, Yankees in preliminary talks about Santana  —  NEW YORK — The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins have started trade talks involving Johan Santana.  —  Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said Monday that discussions are ongoing but it was too early to tell whether they would lead to a deal.
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.
Tim Marchman / New York Sun:
Sell the Whole Farm for Santana  —  There has never been a pitcher quite like Johan Santana.  You could call him a left-handed Pedro Martinez, but that would insult his uniqueness.  Once thought too short to be a starter, the reticent Venezuelan hero has been the key to this decade's baseball renaissance …
Jack Curry / New York Times:
Yankees and Twins Start Talks on Santana  —  Hank Steinbrenner, the senior vice president for the Yankees, said yesterday that the team had had conversations with the Minnesota Twins about trying to obtain pitcher Johan Santana.  But Steinbrenner stressed that the discussions were at an early stage.
George King / New York Post:
Kat O'Brien / Newsday:
Hank: Yankees talking with Twins about Santana
David O'Brien / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hampton hurt again; whither Andruw?  —  A quick one, before he's away at the Winter Meetings (OK, that was fairly lame paraphrasing of the The Who's rockin' second album title).  —  If it seems like negotiation wheels are grinding slowly for free agents such as the Braves' Andruw Jones, Ron Mahay and Octavio Dotel, well, they are.
David O'Brien / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hampton injured ... again
Discussion: FanHouse, Chop-n-Change and Hot Foot
Gordon Edes / Boston Globe:
Loyalty not an act for this Red Sox fan  —  Homeboy Matt Damon, who narrates the 2007 World Series DVD that had its premiere last night at the Wang Center, is proud of his bona fides as a Red Sox fan, one who showed up on David Letterman's show last summer wearing a Sox jersey to diss the Yankees his entire interview.
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.
Jim Molony /
Report: Brocail, Astros agree on terms  —  Right-handed reliever last pitched for Houston in 1996  —  HOUSTON — The Astros and free-agent right-hander Doug Brocail have agreed to terms on a contract, a Houston television station reported on Monday night.  —  KRIV-TV, citing Major League …
Pitcher Doug Brocail Reaches Contract Agreement with Astros
Discussion: Mets Today and MLB Trade Rumors
Chicagosports / Hardball:
Wood welcomes closer's role  —  Kerry Wood called it a "pretty easy decision" to return to the Cubs, and left no doubt he's psyched about the opportunity to replace Ryan Dempster as the closer in 2008.  —  "I would think anybody that plays this game wants to be in that position," …
Chicagosports / Hardball:
What's Wood's role?
Ken Mandel /
Mailbag: Who's on third?  —  Beat reporter Ken Mandel answers Phils fans' questions  —  Who is the best possibility at third base for the Phillies?  Since Mike Lowell has re-signed with Boston and Abraham Nunez is gone, who could they sign to fill the spot?
Discussion: Philliesflow
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Carefully casting for help  —  Melvin won't rush into bullpen deals  —  Doug Melvin realizes he has a void to fill at the back of his bullpen.  What he doesn't want to do is make a move that he'll regret.  —  "I want to be careful and not panic now," the Milwaukee Brewers general manager said Monday.
Tom Haudricourt / Brewers Blog:   Melvin leery of injury-plagued relievers
Bill Ladson /
Mailbag: More offense at catcher?  —  Team reporter Bill Ladson answers fans' burning questions … How expendable is Brian Schneider?  I really like him, but there are many catchers with more offensive output that could potentially replace him.  —  I would not say that Schneider is expendable …
Discussion: Capitol Punishment
Jim Molony /
Astros bring in five new scouts  —  Club appoints Bratton as Midwest scouting supervisor  —  HOUSTON — The Astros, as part of their ongoing efforts to upgrade the club's player development pipeline, on Monday added five new scouts to the organization and named longtime scout Ralph Bratton as Midwest scouting supervisor.
Discussion: FishStripes
Washington Post:
Sean Taylor Dies in Miami  —  Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died early Tuesday from the gunshot wound he suffered a day earlier in his Miami home.  —  "He did not make it through the night," said Taylor's attorney, Richard Sharpstein, who called the incident "a ridiculous, unnecessary tragedy."
Dick Kaegel /
Notes: Bannister earns honor  —  Right-hander named to Topps Rookie All-Star team  —  KANSAS CITY — Right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister was named to the 49th Topps Major League Rookie All-Star team in balloting by managers.  —  Bannister led the Royals' staff in victories …
Discussion: Hot Foot
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
A-MISTAKE  —  BONUS BUCKS PRESSURE A-ROD DOESN'T NEED  —  JUST give Alex Rodriguez the money.  Give him the $30 million.  It just isn't worth the soap operas and headaches ahead for the Yankees to distribute his bonuses during the next decade.  —  The Yankees should know by now …
Discussion: The GYS Network
2008 Hall of Fame ballot to be mailed this week  —  Raines, Justice, Knoblauch among first-time candidates  —  Baseball Writers' Association of America  —  A former World Series Most Valuable Player and other contributors to world championships are among 11 new candidates on the 2008 Hall …
Discussion: Purple Row, FishStripes and The Griddle
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Lee Panas / Tiger Tales:
PrOPS to the Tigers in 2007  —  In a recent post …
Tom Singer /
Hot Stove: Santana buzz heating up
Discussion: MLB Rumors and DRaysBay
Annual Clubhouse Sale set for Friday and Saturday at Miller Park
David Lennon / On the Mets beat:
The case for Estrada
Discussion: Mets Fever and Hot Foot
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Colletti banks on young players
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts and FanHouse
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T.R. Sullivan /
Mailbag: Will Young change positions?
Discussion: FishStripes
Rich Lederer / Baseball Analysts:
Comparing K/100 Pitches with K/9 IP
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
Mets unveil Shea Stadium commemorative logo to celebrate final season …
Tom Haudricourt / Baseball America:
Milwaukee Brewers  —  Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists …

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