LaVelle Neal checks in on the Santana front. The skinny:
- Mets are still in it. The Twins actually like their prospects, sans Jose Reyes.
- Yanks are still in it. Kei Igawa has been discussed.
- Sox are still in it. "Dormant" is a good word to describe the talks with them.
This contrasts slightly with Murray Chass’ report in the NYT that the Twins had substituted Jeff Marquez for Ian Kennedy in their demands. This report got some play as the Twins "reducing" their offer, a take that simply isn’t accurate — the Daily News reported Dec. 5 that the Yanks could have had Santana for a four-player package including Hughes, Marquez and Melky Cabrera and not including Kennedy, but that Cashman "walked away" from it.
I’ll have more on this later, but it struck me once again reading through my newly arrived copy of the Bill James Handbook 2008 how desperately the Yankees need a pitching ace, and how good Santana really was last year. The Sox clearly have stuck by their offers (thus the dormancy). One only hopes the Yankees are misguided enough to truly believe the return of Andy Pettitte is just as good as acquiring Johan Santana for what seems to be a reasonable price.