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9:00 PM ET, November 27, 2007


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Sports Illustrated:
Yanks, Red Sox in Santana talks  —  The Twins have opened trade discussions for Johan Santana by asking the Yankees for a package of at least three young players that would include one of their three top starters — Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy — plus center fielder Melky Cabrera.
Mark Feinsand / Blogging The Bombers:
Dealing Hughes for Santana a questionable move  —  After a week of family, friends and turkey, the Yankees got back to business yesterday, resuming their pursuit of Johan Santana.  —  This is not going to be a quick process.  Sure, the Twins could deal the two-time Cy Young winner by the end …
Discussion: and MY BASEBALL BIAS
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.
New Jersey Online:
Yanks talk to Twins about Santana  —  Baseball's winter meetings don't begin until next week, but the Yankees and Twins have already started trade talks regarding pitcher Johan Santana.  —  While Yankees senior vice-president Hank Steinbrenner told the Associated Press yesterday that it's …
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Brocail likely to depart Padres
Discussion: Houston Chronicle and Gaslamp Ball
Jack Curry / New York Times:
Yankees and Twins Start Talks on Santana
Discussion: Bronx Banter and ESPN
Buster Olney /
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.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Target for Prior is 2-year contract
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.
David Jones / Florida Today:
Former Marlins trainer watches steroids debate with great interest  —  With a federal indictment looming over Barry Bonds, the steroids issue casts a cloud over the game that continues to grow darker with each passing home run.  —  Was it real, or was it enhancements?
Discussion: FanHouse and Mets Refugees
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 McLennan / AZ Snakepit:
Turning Japanese?  —  Something of a curveball, in the news …
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.
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals are in familiar situation  —  Four years ago, the Cardinals reached baseball's winter meetings following a disappointing third-place season in which an incomplete pitching staff fed a frustrating summer and ultimately a collapse in September.  —  The Redbirds' entourage departed …
Adam Rubin / Surfing The Mets:
Omar watching winter ball in Dominican Republic  —  Omar Minaya spent the past several days in the Dominican Republic.  Here's a message I just received from a source in that country:  —  "Omar Minaya has been here since last Wednesday and he was seen at several winter baseball games.
Discussion: and Mets Fever
Indians' Lara suffered brain damage, spinal injury  —  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Doctors examining Cleveland Indians reliever Juan Lara found he had a spinal fracture, plus severe brain trauma fraom a weekend car accident.  —  Lara, who pitched in one game for Cleveland last season …
Sports Illustrated:
Tom Verducci: Six losing teams poised to break out in 2008  —  It's been many years since the phrase "five-year plan" has been heard around baseball.  Fans won't buy such talk any more because they so often see losing teams become playoff teams from one year to the next.
Discussion: Redleg Nation and Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pirates, new hitting coach reach agreement  —  Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  —  The Pirates this morning reached a contract agreement with Don Long to become their new hitting coach.  —  Long, 45, had been the Philadelphia Phillies' minor-league hitting coordinator since 1999 …
John Delcos / The LoHud Mets Blog:
Some kudos to Minaya  —  This time next week the Mets' brass will be in Nashville for the Winter Meetings, trying to fill the holes in their rotation and bullpen.  —  GM Omar Minaya doesn't seem to be as busy as he was the last two winters, but if you look at the composition of the team you'll note most of the holes are filled.
Discussion: Mets Fever
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