… the Red Sox became the favorites to land Johan Santana.
While Hank Steinbrenner set deadlines and publicly lusted after Johan Santana, the Red Sox just bided their time and stayed in the game.
And what do you know? As Monday night turned into Tuesday morning at the winter meetings, suddenly it was the Red Sox who loomed as the favorites to pull off a deal for the best pitcher in baseball.
Midnight Eastern time, and midnight Central time passed with Hank Steinbrenner seemingly sticking by his guns.
"Brian (Cashman) was giving them one more shot, and we’ll see what happens, " Steinbrenner said. "It doesn’t look good to me."
Steinbrenner later added: "We’ll sleep on it. Whatever it is, we’ll discuss it one final time. But I’m beginning to think they just don’t want to trade him."
Concurrently, reports surfaced that Boston and Minnesota had resumed talks, then just after 2 a.m. Eastern time, the Globe dropped a bombshell:
The Red Sox have traded medical information with the Minnesota Twins on Jon Lester, which means that talks between the two teams have progressed, with the Twins taking a serious look at the Sox offer.
The sides went to bed an hour later, with the Twins mulling two possibilities, Stark reports: Either trade for the four-player package including Lester and Coco Crisp initially reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press last week or trade for a three-player package featuring Jacoby Ellsbury.
"Momentous news may await in the morning," Edes said in his blog post. Undoubtedly. But, never counting out the Yankees, momentous for whom?