Sunday, December 2, 2007

The Santana Front: The Sox to Trade Ellsbury Too?

Well, I am covering the BB&T Basketball Tournament in Washington; however, in scouring the news a few minutes ago, it looks the Red Sox and Yankees are playing one-up-manship in the Santana talks.

In an effort to get one of the premier pitchers in baseball, the Red Sox have now shown the willingness to dangle Jacoby Ellsbury in a deal, but they will not throw Lester in with him.

From MSNBC: he Boston Red Sox have told the Minnesota Twins they are willing to include talented young center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury in any trade for pitcher Johan Santana, but are not willing to deal both Ellsbury and pitcher Jon Lester, according to an ESPN report.

Earlier reports had Boston offering Lester, outfielder Coco Crisp and minor league infielder Jed Lowrie, with the Twins countering that they wanted Ellsbury instead of Crisp. The Twins have also expressed interest in pitcher Clay Buchholz, but the Red Sox have not said they would trade him.

According to the report, the Yankees, the other big player in Santana talks, have told the Twins they will pull their off the table by Tuesday at the latest. The Yankees have reportedly offered pitcher Philip Hughes, outfielder Melky Cabrera and a second-tier minor league prospect.

Crazy. I think both teams should hold, and the Red Sox should not trade Ellsbury in conjunction with their prospects -- the price is too high.


Kenrick Thomas said...

The Yankees should make an offer, because they really need a great pitcher. The Mets should also be interested and make an offer as well. Boston doesn't need Santana more then the 2 New York teams!

Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

No doubt, Kenrick. The Mets REALLY need him; the Yankees, definitely; the Red Sox, not so much, except to keep him away from NYY.

Whoever signs him holds the balance of power in the AL...

Jason McAdams said...

I'm not willing to hold. I want a lights-out #1 with the ability to control a game for into the 7th or 8th inning.

According to Hank-Stein, we'll know out answer tomorrow.

Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

I'd agree with you, but the price is HIGH, real high for Santana.

It's too bad he will not make it to next week probably as a member of the Twins, but considering the state of the East, NYY needs to do it.

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