Contrary to yesterday’s rumors–which contradicted previous rumors–it appears the Yanks are still in on Johan Santana. The new year brings more public statements from Hank the Tank.
After what he described as a "slow holiday season" for baseball
business, Hank Steinbrenner is returning to his office Thursday to
begin working on "a final decision" regarding a trade for Johan
Santana. And he believes the Yankees have made the top offer for the
"I think the Twins realize our offer is the best
one," Steinbrenner said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "I feel
confident they’re not going to trade him before checking with us one
last time and I think they think we’ve already made the best offer."
The supposed offer is Hughes, Melky, Marquez and another prospect, which sounds a lot like the one Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner are rumored to have walked away from a while back. So does this mean Hank has overruled them? Or were those reports not completely accurate?
Also, I should update my thoughts concerning this ever developing situation. At the beginning I was a supporter of getting Johan, even if it meant giving up a very good prospect package which included Phil Hughes. Now, I worry that the cost–when you factor in the expensive and long contract extension–will be too steep. Mainly I worry that a six or seven year contract for a pitcher is never a good idea. And I wonder also what the Yanks will do to deal with Melky’s loss in center. My feeling is that Johnny Damon won’t make it through half a season out there. Then, do the Yanks go after Mike Cameron if they make the deal? How much higher will the payroll go?
Finally, there have been articles that have described this situation as a "race" between the Yanks, Sox and Mets. This seems to be an odd metaphor for the situation when you consider that in a race, the runners usually try to beat the other runners to the finish line. But then I searched far and wide on the Internet and found the kind of race these newspaper writers were referring to.