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The trade rumor/Soriano rumor wrapup

This morning's stuff...

From New York Newsday:

The ex-Yankee, who was dealt to Texas in the deal that brought Alex Rodriguez to the Bronx, appeared last night on the verge of being dealt to the Twins for a package including Kyle Lohse, Bret Boone and two pitching prospects, though the deal had not been finalized because Minnesota was trying to retain pitching prospect Francisco Liriano.

Liriano alone makes this deal worth doing...

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press both indicate that Soriano is on Twins g.m. Terry Ryan's radar screen, although neither indicates a deal is imminent.

NY Post columnist Jon Heyman says the Mets are not that enamored with Soriano, hoping that Buck Showalter would have soured on his antics to the point that the Rangers would dump him for cheap. Not sure if that is reality or simply Minaya & Co. spinning, although I'd lean towards the latter...

The Providence Journal and the Boston Globe both said that the Rangers had inquired about Manny Ramirez, with the Providence Journal saying that the Rangers offered Soriano and Adrian Gonzalez for Ramirez, but that apparently isn't going anywhere.

The Chicago papers all indicate that Cubs g.m. Jim Hendry is still interested in Soriano, but there is nothing really brewing on that front right now. Again, the Cubs have a lot of pitching to spare, and supposedly are willing to part with Rich Hill to get Soriano, but I still would hold out for Jerome Williams as part of any deal with the Cubs.