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Yankees sweeten pot to land Santana

Hughes is added to trade package

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Associated Press / December 2, 2007

The Yankees have added Phil Hughes, the most highly rated of their top young starting pitchers, to the package they are offering the Minnesota Twins in exchange for two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.

New York also is offering to send the Twins center fielder Melky Cabrera and a third player, who would be a midlevel prospect, according to a baseball official who spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because the talks are ongoing. New York won't include Joba Chamberlain and doesn't plan to include both Hughes and Ian Kennedy.

Deadline passes

At the deadline, the Yankees did not offer arbitration to Roger Clemens, who may retire. But the team did offer it to pitchers Andy Pettitte and Luis Vizcaino. They also offered it to third baseman Alex Rodriguez and closer Mariano Rivera, who have agreed to contracts but have not finalized their deals.

On a deadline day that has lost much of its importance due to changes this year, major league teams had to decide by midnight last night whether to offer salary arbitration to former players who became free agents.

San Diego made offers to outfielder Mike Cameron and catcher Michael Barrett but declined to offer arbitration to outfielder Milton Bradley. Houston offered arbitration to infielder Mark Loretta and lefthander Trever Miller.

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