La Velle reports the Mets appear to be in the lead to land him. Given Boston’s offers are better in terms of player contributions in 2008 and forward, one can easily conclude the Red Sox are not serious and remain in the discussions only to drive the Yankees’ price upwards. One can easily conclude the Twins know that, too, and that is why they have not taken the deal.
So how exactly does a team make such an offer? Do they come to the table, and while naming each non-serious player in the non-serious offer very slowly, wink hard and bracket each name with air quotes? Does doing so let the Twins know that this offer is to be taken "veeeerrrryyy seriously ;-)" and to leak it in hopes of getting more from the Yankees, but that otherwise there actually is no offer?
It seems that takes more of a leap than to "easily conclude" that the Twins still think they can get the Sox, Yanks and Mets to play off each other and up the bidding — and are perhaps just now realizing that the Red Sox and Yankees would like nothing more than to keep their prospects and let Santana go to the NL.