What would the Winter Meetings be like without 75 different Johan Santana rumors?? Well here’s the latest (I’m sure by the time I post this it’ll change):
Word is the Twins will NOT trade Johan Santana at the winter meetings. Rumor has it the Twins have rejected the Red Sox offer, and for now Johan is staying with the Twins.
This might not be the smartest move. Sure, Santana is "Twins" property until the end of the season, so there is no rush to deal him, but there’s a catch. As the season begins and progresses the more the Twins will need other teams to take Santana, then other teams need Johan Santana. The long the Twins wait to deal him, the less they will be able to get for him.
Unless Carl Pohlad comes down off the giant pile of money he sits on top of, and gives Santana an extension, the time to trade Johan is now…
WFAN in New York is reporting the Orioles and Dodgers are nearing a deal that would send pitcher Erik Bedard to Los Angeles for Matt Kemp and Jonathon Broxton.
Varied rumors have said that Bedard’s deal would be similar to what the Twins would get for Johan Santana. Do you think the Dodgers can get Santana for Kemp and Broxton? I don’t think so.
The Orioles need to be smart. Bedard is in high demand right now. Sure, he might not want to sign an extension, but it doesn’t mean they have to deal him this off-sesaon. He’s still Orioles property for two more seasons. If they were to trade him they need to get maximum value for him. When dealing with the Dodgers not trade fro Bedard should go down without the Orioles receiving Clayton Kershaw in the package.
Although Andy MacPhail is the new sheriff-in-town in the Emerald City, the Orioles have a history of making less than desirable moves, mainly due to owner Peter Angelos. MacPhail’s known as a very deliberate and methodical guy, so it should be interesting how the Bedard trade talks progress.
The Hot Stove is heating up, and the rumors are flying. The latest rumor is a blockbuster deal. No, not Johan Santana. This one is between the Marlins and the Tigers.
Word is the Tigers are willing to ship a group of prospects That would include Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.
While Cabrera joining a Tigers lineup that already includes Magglio Ordonez, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen, and Gary Sheffield, would give them one of the leagues best lineups, I’m not sure what help Willis really gives.
Dontrelle Willis is only two years removed from a Cy Young-type season, but he was one of the worst pitchers in baseball last season. His 5.17 ERA was near the bottom of the National League, and that’s pitching half your games in a pitchers park. Letting him loose in the American League where he has to face a DH could be disasterous. On the other hand, maybe a change of scenery is what Willis needs.
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.