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Continued: Patrick Reusse: Let the courtship of free agents begin

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 30, 2007 - 7:40 PM

Whatever the actual franchises that Boras has targeted, A-Rod being on the free agent market has created a tremendous opportunity for Bill Smith, the new Twins general manager.

How can the Yankees make the folks who bought 4½ million tickets this season forget about A-Rod? They acquire Johan Santana from the Twins for pitchers Philip Hughes and Ian Kennedy and outfielders Melky Cabrera and Jose Tabata.

The Twins also add Joe Nathan to the deal and get bullet-throwing Joba Chamberlain.

And what if the Dodgers don't want to go A-Rod steep with their payroll? They acquire Santana from the Twins for pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Jonathan Broxton, outfielder Matt Kemp and third baseman Tony Abreu.

Let's go, Mr. Smith. Show us what you got.

Patrick Reusse can be heard weekdays at AM-1500 KSTP at 6:45 and 7:45 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. preusse@startribune.com

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Cleveland - WP: J. Outman 6
LA Angels - LP: H. Santiago 1 FINAL
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