Saturday, December 1, 2007

The Latest On The Santana Situation

The destination of ace left-hander pitcher Johan Santana is still unknown, but it can be assumed that the Twins have narrowed their selection down to two teams. The two teams are of course, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. To trade Santana, the Twins want (I'm only mentioning the big games):

From Boston: Coco Crisp, Jon Lester, Jacoby Ellsbury

From New York: Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes

This trade would be suitable for either team, but it would benefit the Yankees more. The Twins said they will first turn to Boston to trade and if for whatever reason they don't want to give up their guys, then they will turn towards the Yankees.

Poor Ellsbury. He just joined Boston in the last 2 months, wins a World Series, and then they ship him off. After returning from cancer, Boston wants to ship Lester off as well. But, can you imagine Santana in Boston? Between Johan Santana and Josh Beckett, that's already almost 40 wins. Throw in Curt Schilling and Dice-K, thats another 20-25 wins. Boston's pitching is already terrific and by adding Santana, he only makes it more incredible.

That's why the Yankees need Santana more. They've had pitching issues the entire season. Giving up Melky Cabrera would be sad, but Johnny Damon (who did very well in the playoffs) can be moved back to center. Can you imagine Johan Santana, Joba Chamberlain, and Mariano Rivera pitching in the same game? The Yankees would theoretically give up 1-2 runs a game and having an ace of such great skill would boost the whole ballclub and put people in the stands.

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