Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Yankees Turn Away from Santana, After Haren?

Now that the Yankees have turned to sights away from Santana (I find that hard to believe with the Sox gunning for him), they are looking at the A's Dan Haren.

The Yankees' self-imposed deadline came and went Monday night at the winter meetings without a deal being reached with the Twins, making it unlikely the Bombers will land the two-time Cy Young winner...

According to a second source, the Yankees now plan to turn their attention toward Oakland starter Dan Haren, who is currently being shopped. Although the righthander, 27, isn't as proven as Santana, 28, he is more attractive in a financial sense, as he is set to make $4 million in 2008 and $5.5 million in 2009 with a 2010 option for $6.75 million.

Oakland GM Billy Beane is said to be looking for a package of four players in exchange for Haren, with Hughes and Cabrera once again the likely centerpieces if the Yankees are to be serious players.

I don't buy for a second the Yankees would not be interested in Santana, if Minnesota opened up the seal.

However, I think Haren would a be nice second option, and far cheaper too. But it looks like the price in terms of prospects may be just as high for Haren than it is for Santana...

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