Or not. Jon Heyman is reporting:
Reluctantly, the Yankees seem prepared to include young right-hander Phil Hughes in a three-player package for baseball’s best pitcher. Outfielder Melky Cabrera and an undetermined player would also be included in the trade.
If the Yankees ultimately surrender Hughes, league sources indicate they have a strong chance to complete a trade for Santana.
Did anyone expect the Yanks not to include Hughes? For that matter, is "the Yankees seem prepared" to offer Hughes that much different than "the Yankees are likely" to offer Hughes, which we’ve heard ad nauseum for two days? Both phrases mean the same thing: The Yankees have not yet offered Hughes, but probably will soon. Forgive me if I’m underwhelmed by this new information.
One thing that troubles me:
The Boston Red Sox are having similar debates in their own front office over two players the Twins have requested from them — outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and pitcher Clay Buchholz. But it appears that the Red Sox are unlikely to surrender either Ellsbury or Buchholz, two highly-coveted players.
The Red Sox are either biding their time and playing close to the vest, or have overvalued Jacoby Ellsbury to a criminal extent. His value over Crisp is not close to worth Santana’s value over Lester — never mind the value of Santana not being on the Yankees.