Twins considering Boston offers for Santana

Well, Hank Steinbrenner’s so-called “deadline” has come and gone, and his constant yapping to the press has Bill Smith and the Minnesota front office steamed. Despite having the leading offer a few days ago, Steinbrenner has admitted that he thinks the chances of the Yankees landing Johan Santana are now slim. Multiple reports say they are turning their focus to other pitchers. This development has come as the Yankees continue to refuse to include prospect Ian Kennedy as part of the package with Phil Hughes and Melky Cabrera.

Gordon Edes thinks that a deal could be very close. The two teams were talking past midnight, and are reviewing the medical records of Lester and Santana. It’s now thought that the Twins are considering two offers from the Red Sox:

1) Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, Justin Masterson
2) Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, Justin Masterson

It’s possible that they might like Michael Bowden better than Masterson, and ask for that substitution, but Boston appears to be the driver’s seat again. As much as I hate seeing Lester or Ellsbury go, I still think making this trade is the right move for the team. We have a lot of pitching prospects right on the cusp, so they are expendable, and our rotation slots are quickly filling up with potential Cy Young candidates. And even though we have far less talent for a position players perspective, Coco Crisp was good enough to take us to the playoffs last year, and we do have another very talented, very speedy centerfield prospect in Ryan Kalish. So even that would not be the end of the world, though I would still sigh and wonder what could have been every time I see the Twins play.

But once we make the playoffs, a four-man rotation of Santana, Beckett, Dice-K and Buchholz spells W-O-R-L-D S-E-R-I-E-S, maybe many times over. That might ease the pain just a little bit.

Lest you worry about team chemistry or jealousy, Curt Schilling has also weighed in favorably on making this move.


5 Responses to Twins considering Boston offers for Santana

  1. Pat says:

    I was a little surprised to see on the two surveys on right now, Jacoby Ellsbury is far and away the most loved of Buchholz and Lester. People would rather see Santana go to the Yankees than trade Ellsbury for Santana.

    I really really hope that the Twins, if they take up either offer, chose the Lester package.

    This is all so exciting I am staying up late to see if anything transpires.

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    UPDATE: Good news! The Sox and the Twins are coming to an agreement TONIGHT. There is a change, however. It seems the Twins want to avoid taking on Coco’s reasonable contract. After all, they have to extend Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan and Joe Mauer too, and they don’t have a lot of cash.

    The currently reported package: Lester, Lowrie, Ryan Kalish and ? Theo and Bill Smith are supposed to be meeting right now, likely to hammer out that last mid-level prospect as well as the 72-hour negotiation window with Johan. Back-to-back world championships sounds pretty good right now.

  3. redsoxtalk says:

    UPDATE: Wednesday morning, and no deal announced yet. It’s been reported that the Rangers came knocking at Bill Smith’s door last night, wanting to talk, but almost no one takes them seriously. They could potentially offer prospects Edinson Volquez, Elvis Andrus and Matt Harrison, among others.

    I’d be very surprised if the Twins decide not to trade Santana, especially in light of the Detroit deal yesterday. Keeping Johan gives them a strong rotation, but I don’t know how they can add enough firepower to compete with that lineup for 2008. This is added incentive for them to deal Joe Nathan as well… Could Theo be expanding the deal to include Nathan’s services? I doubt Nathan would want to pitch here, as the closer’s job is occupied. But coming for one year to have a shot at the WS could appeal to him; I have no idea what is more important to him.

  4. redsoxtalk says:

    UPDATE: It now seems that Bill Smith is hearing for a lot of people that the Red Sox offer is not enough for Santana, and the Twins are getting cold feet. It’s now reported that they have renewed contact with the Mets and the Angels to see if they have anything new to offer. That’s pretty messed up, if you ask me.

    Santana is probably the best pitcher in baseball, yes. But you’ve used him for a long time, he’s in his last contract year, and he’s gonna cost big money after 2008. The Red Sox making a $130-150M investment and four good players is plenty of value back, you greedy pigs.

    If the Twins are pulling this low-class stuff, I say we back off and force them to keep Santana; they won’t be getting a better offer, and they’ll be kicking themselves for not signing when Lester and Ellsbury are performing well. We are not the ones who NEED to make this trade; it’s the Twins.

  5. meansagee says:

    I’d be sad to Ellsbury or Lester go too but I think either way, the Red Sox must trade for Santana if they have the chance. Any Red Sox fan I think, at the end of the day, should agree. Lester and Ellsbury, as they have already proven in their short careers in Boston, but Santana is a proven ace.

    Whether the Sox acquire Santana or not, I feel very good about our rotation and roster for the upcoming 2008 season. How many champions have the luxury of beginning their title defense with their entire core roster?

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