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Yankees ready to reel in marquee free agents

Updated: November 14, 2008, 9:11 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

A Hot Stove season without the Yankees driving the news coverage is like a day without a new bailout request. Something about it seems odd and vaguely incomplete.

Yet that's the way events played out last winter. The Yankees dabbled in the Johan Santana trade sweepstakes, but not enough to prevent the two-time Cy Young Award winner from landing with the Mets. They retained Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada with multiyear contracts, but kept their distance from the ...

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