Johan Santana may be into his last days of being in a Minnesota Twins uniform.
From Buster Olney's blog on ESPN.com: "Rival general managers say that in recent days, Minnesota’s Bill Smith is quietly gauging the market for left-hander Johan Santana, determining what deals he might have, in the aftermath of the report that Santana turned down a five-year, $93 million offer from the Twins. The Mets will be among the most aggressive teams in any Santana bidding."
I'm sure if the Twins don't sign Johan to a long term deal or get the talks into an advanced stage this winter, I'd say he's going to be traded. The Twins being a small market team may not be able to afford the services of Santana, especially if he is looking at a deal over $18 million per year.
Expect his name to have a large buzz and the big-money powerhouses such as the Yankees, Mets, and a few others jockeying for position for one of the pre-eminent left handers in the game today, and perhaps in the future, in the history of the sport.
* The New York Mets acquired Johnny Estrada from Milwaukee for reliever Guillermo Mota on Tuesday, moving quickly to plug their hole at catcher after talks with Yorvit Torrealba collapsed.
* Outfielder Scott Podsednik was cut Tuesday by the Chicago White Sox as he was designated for assignment.
* Torii Hunter, according to a report in the AP will choose a team to his liking next week. He said Tuesday that his goal is to make a decision next week on which team to play for, before baseball's winter meetings on Dec. 3.
* The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent Japanese closer, Masahide Kobayashi to $6.25 million, two-year contract. He's 33, and he went 2-7 with a 3.61 ERA and 27 saves in 49 appearances. He was on the disabled list in September with a minor neck injury but finished the regular season on the active roster and pitched in the playoffs.