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1:31 AM ET, November 28, 2007


 Top News:
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?"
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
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 …
Jeff Passan / Yahoo! Sports:
Two Series titles evidence of growing Theo-logy
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Brocail likely to depart Padres
Discussion: Houston Chronicle and Gaslamp Ball
Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Champs opt to $hare
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
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.
Al Balderas / Orange County Register:
Dodgers leaning inward for improvements
Discussion: and Dodger Thoughts
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Kendall guaranteed $4.25 million for one year by Brewers  —  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 …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Marty Noble /
Mets release final schedule at Shea  —  Team will play six teams from '07 postseason in '08  —  NEW YORK — A postseason appearance, the objective of every big league team, will have the Mets playing at Shea Stadium in October next season.  Otherwise, their final game at the soon-to-turn 44-year-old ballpark will happen on Sept. 28.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Jim Callis / Baseball America:
Houston Astros  —  Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel.  All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.
Discussion: Colt 45s Blog
David Pinto / Baseball Musings:
Starr Witness  —  MLB FanHouse links to an interview with Larry Starr, long time trainer for the Reds and Marlins.  He's out of baseball now and coopertating with the Mitchell investigation, although he refuses to name names.  He was aware as early as 1984 that players were using steroids.
Discussion: Al's Ramblings
David Jones / Florida Today:
Former Marlins trainer watches steroids debate with great interest
Discussion: FanHouse
Agence France Presse:
Mariners star Ichiro says he considered moving to Yankees  —  TOKYO (AFP) - Ichiro Suzuki said he considered moving to the New York Yankees before deciding — with his wife's encouragement — to stick with the underperforming Seattle Mariners.  —  "I had been wavering in my mind since early spring …
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Discussion: The Progenitor …
Sports Illustrated:
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La Velle / Twins Insider:
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John Delcos / The LoHud Mets Blog:
Some kudos to Minaya  —  This time next week the Mets' brass …
Discussion: Mets Fever
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pirates, new hitting coach reach agreement
Bob Dutton / Kansas City Star:
ROYALS NOTES: Guillen report denied
Discussion: Oriole Post
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals are in familiar situation
Mark Kriegel / Fox Sports:
A new boss in the Bronx
Jim McLennan / AZ Snakepit:
Turning Japanese?  —  Something of a curveball, in the news …

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