Saturday, December 01, 2007
The Sox have succeed as the MFY are now going to move Phil Hughes in a deal for Santana. Hughes has true #1 stuff like Clay Buchholz. As we know, these type of players are the rarest commodity and having pocket aces in October gives your club the best shot at hoisting a flag next April. Since the Twins refuse to pay market rate for a true power #1, acquiring another potential replacement at the minimum cost is a slam dunk. It is likely that either Hughes or Liriano in the next two years will match Santana’s production at a fraction of the price.
The other skill clubs pay top dollar for is power at the plate. With that in mind, Jesus Montero should the unknown third player Bill Smith is requesting. Montero is the kind of international talent that the Twins will have a tough time signing in the future. Smith may start with Austin Jackson or Jose Tabata, both very good outfield prospects and either should be substituted for Melky Cabrera, but the target should be Montero. Regardless, this deal get done in no time with Hughes.
Anyway, the Sox should now move onto Miguel Cabrera (yes, I am a broken record). Both the Giants and LAA are at an impasse with the Marlins, so Larry Beinfest may be willing to deal instead of being without a dance partner. LAA could move on Miguel Tejada and the Giants don’t have the muscle to get a deal done anyway. Beinfest could always deal Cabrera during the season, but that likely limits supply, and a year from now decreases his value. A reasonable deal - Lester, Lowrie, Ellsbury - from the Sox could get it done. The ramifications of that trade would put Coco in center full-time, Buchholz/Tavarez in the rotation and Kevin Youkilis is on the trading block.