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Countdown to Winter Meetings begins

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 26, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Winter Meetings get started one week from today in Nashville, Tenn.

In the interim, perhaps the Yankees will acknowledge that they have signed Jose Molina, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez. The 40-man roster is at 39, so at least three players are getting lopped off at some point. Do everybody a favor and release Carl Pavano at least.

More importantly, Brian Cashman and Hank Steinbrenner have to decide what is too much for Johan Santana. Here is my exceedingly unofficial list:

Untouchable
Robinson Cano
Joba Chamberlain
Phil Hughes

Fight to keep
Austin Jackson

Trade bait
Ian Kennedy
Alan Horne
Melky Cabrera
Jose Tabata

Now keep in mind that the Twins are excellent at talent analysis. Santana was once a Rule 5 draft pick. They could well be more interested in players whose names haven’t come up. Dan McCutchen, Jeff Marquez, guys like that. Just because we know who Jose Tabata is doesn’t mean the Twins think he’s any good.

Unless the Twins are blown away, they’ll wait to make sure they get everybody’s best offer. A new GM doesn’t trade his best player without making sure of that.

The irony of this is that Twins owner Carl Pohlad is wealthier than the Steinbrenners. If he wanted, he could keep Santana. But it so far doesn’t appear he wants to.

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