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7:10 AM ET, November 28, 2007


 Top News: 
Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Wanted: Santana  —  Sox in aggressive pursuit … The Red Sox [team stats] are actively engaged in trade talks with the Minnesota Twins about Johan Santana and plan to aggressively pursue the two-time Cy Young Award winner, a baseball source said yesterday.
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?"
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 …
Kat O'Brien / Newsday:
Yankees putting package together to get Santana from Twins
Discussion: River Ave. Blues
Sports Illustrated:
Yanks, Red Sox in Santana talks
Mark Feinsand / Blogging The Bombers:
Dealing Hughes for Santana a questionable move
Discussion: and MY BASEBALL BIAS
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.
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: and Los Angeles Times
Marty Noble /
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.
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.
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Twins still looking to ship Nathan, Santana  —  LIKE THIS STORY?  —  Johan Santana might not be the only big-name Twins pitcher who gets traded before Opening Day.  Joe Nathan also looks like a goner, especially now that the Reds are on the verge of inflating the closer market …
Discussion: Hot Foot
Vince Gennaro / Yahoo! Sports:
A-Rod's dollars make sense for Yankees  —  Despite the posturing, bruised egos and serpentine route of the courtship, Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees are a money-making marriage unparalleled in professional sports.  —  We know the details of Rodriguez's contract: $275 million for 10 years …
Jason Beck /
Mailbag: Granderson and the MVP  —  Beat reporter Jason Beck answers Tigers fans' questions  —  I just don't get it.  Jimmy Rollins had a great season for the Phillies, all-around great numbers and won the MVP.  But, Curtis Granderson posted very similar numbers, and the same type of glove …
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.
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 …
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.
Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Champs opt to $hare
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
A.J. Daulerio / Philly Mag:
The End Days of Bill Conlin's Online Crap Storm: Interview With Bill Baer  —  The last few days of Bill Conlin madness have devolved into this weird media sociology study: venerable columnist at a daily newspaper gets into an e-mail spat about his anti-sabermetrics column with a reader …
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