Johan Santana is almost sure to be traded. The Twins offered to make him the highest-paid pitcher in the game, and he countered, asking instead to be paid A-Rod money.
That leaves us (as well as Michael Silverman) wondering what the Sox would give up for a chip such as that. (We’re already on the record as saying we’d rather have Dan Haren, but you don’t turn your nose up at the best pitcher in the game, period):
According to Silverman, it could be:
- Coco Crisp
- Jon Lester
- Another major leaguer
- Two minor leaguers
What young, affordable major leaguers do the Sox have? One assumes with Crisp included, it wouldn’t be Ellsbury, and it wouldn’t be Pedroia. Manny Delcarmen? Hideki Okajima?
And what minor leaguers? Craig Hansen? Justin Masterson? Michael Bowden? Someone further down the minors with a higher risk but also a higher reward potential (a la Engel Beltre in the Gagne deal)?
If the package were Crisp, Lester, Delcarmen, Masterson and Hansen, that would indeed be a heavy price — never mind, as Fake Teams notes, the $126 million it’ll take to extend him. I don’t think the Sox would do that, but it’s a way to start the discussion.
How about you? Who do the Sox — or Yanks — give up for a pitcher of Santana’s (or Haren’s) caliber?