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Thursday, December 04, 2003
Sources: Red Sox to hire Francona. (Yahoo!)

Yankees, Expos talking about Vazquez. "The Yankees and Montreal Expos spent much of Wednesday discussing a proposed trade that would send the 27-year-old right-hander to New York for first baseman Nick Johnson and outfielder Juan Rivera. The trade could be agreed to later this week, a pair of baseball officials familiar with the talks said on the condition of anonymity. The deal would be made on a tentative basis, giving the Yankees a window to work out a contract extension with Vazquez, who is eligible for free agency after next season." (Yahoo!)

Dan Graziano: "By trading Johnson, the Yankees also make room for their plan of making four-time Gold Glove center fielder Bernie Williams a full-time designated hitter. They will make an effort to sign Japanese shortstop Kazuo Matsui and convert him to second base, then either move Alfonso Soriano to the outfield or trade him for Brown. They also have had talks with free-agent center fielder Kenny Lofton about a one-year, $3 million contract, which would allow them to keep Soriano at second base and still use Williams as the DH." (Newark Star-Ledger)

Phillies get Eric Milton from Twins. "It's the second major trade of the offseason for the Phillies, who acquired All-Star closer Billy Wagner from Houston last month. Philadelphia won 86 games and finished 15 games behind NL East champion Atlanta last season. The once-stingy Phillies have turned into free-spenders as they prepare to move into a new stadium in April. They signed free agent first baseman Jim Thome to an $85 million contract last season and later gave left fielder Pat Burrell a $50 million contract extension." (Yahoo!)

Aaron Gleeman: "For all those who think the sky is falling because they are going to have to be without Milton next year, I would like to point out that Eric Milton pitched exactly 17 innings for the Twins in 2003. They can certainly win without him, and having that $9 million to spend elsewhere is going to help quite a bit. Part of that $9 million will likely be used to re-sign Eddie Guardado and whatever is left over may also be spent on trying to bring back Shannon Stewart, who would become the starting left fielder (assuming Jacque Jones is traded)." (Aaron's Baseball Blog)

Yankees sign LHP Heredia; reportedly land RHP Quantrill. (Yahoo!)

A Brief History of Paul Quantrill. (Clifford's Big Red Blog)

Where Are They Now?. Only five members of the 2001 World Champion Diamondbacks are still with the team (six if they re-sign Miguel Batista). (But It's a DRY Heat)

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