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.