With the Winter Meetings starting today in Nashville, the focus on the first day will be on one player. Who will acquire Twins pitcher Johan Santana?
Queue the circus music…
The Yankees have offered a package of Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, and a prospect to be determined. Word is the final prospect is the current hold up. It’s been rumored the Twins want Austin Jackson or Ian Kennedy, but the Yankees aren’t willing to include either. They want Minnesota to take more of a mid-level prospect, like Alberto Gonzalez or Jeffrey Marquez.
Red Sox have offered a package centered around Jacoby Ellsbury. With Ellsbury in the deal it means the Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester are off the table. Rumors are that a package of Ellsbury and prospects Justin Masterson, and Michael Bowden is the current offer.
Santana has made his own statements that he will only waive his no trade clause to play for the Yankees or Red Sox. This is only in the off-season. He will not waive his no-trade clause once the season begins. Essentially saying that once the season begins the most the Twins will get for Santana will be a draft pick form whomever he signs with next off-season.
Then you have to question if the Red Sox really want Santana. Obviously he’ll improve the team, but the one thing the Red Sox don’t need is a starter. Reports are with their current roster; they are considering a six-man rotation (Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield, Lester, and Buchholz). As much as a Beckett/Santana righty/lefty duo will make any Red Sox’s fan mouth water, do they really want him or are they making things difficult for the Yankees?
To heighten the drama, Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner has set a deadline for today to get the deal done or the Yankees are out. While it sounds like the Yankees are making a stand, didn’t they tell Alex Rodriguez the same thing if he opted out of his contract? We all know how that worked out.
The Johan Santana Circus continues, and most likely other pitchers on the market (Dan Haren, Erik Bedard), will not be dealt until teams know where Santana will wind up.