Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The Sox are still in the lead for Johan Santana based on various reports. The Mets’ pitching prospects are not attractive to the Twins and the Yanks-Twins talks are non-existent.
Both Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune and Buster Olney of ESPN believe the Twins favor a deal with Jacoby Ellsbury as the centerpiece. Christensen reports that the package is Ellsbury, Lowrie, Masterson and the hold up is on the fourth player. Nick Cafardo on NESN’s Red Sox Hot Stove as well as Christensen indicate that teams are requesting that the Twins send prospect(s) with Santana.
The best strategy for the Sox is to keep talking with the Twins, but not making a deal until Dan Haren, Erik Bedard, et al find new homes. The fewer possible destinations for Santana will bring down the price to his 2008 economic value to the Twins. This appears to be happening now with a discussion of including Twins prospects. The Twins can’t move off their original demands from a public relations standpoint, but they can add minor leaguers without much backlash in order to satisfy the Sox needs in the deal.