The dynamics of a possible Johan Santana trade changed just now as the Twins obtained Delmon Young from Tampa Bay as part of a six-player deal.
RHP Matt Garza, SS Jason Bartlett and well-regarded RHP prospect Eduardo Morlan went to the Rays for Young, SS Brendan Harris and minor league OF Jason Pridie.
Young has been a right fielder for the most part. But the Twins plan to use him in left. They still need a center fielder.
Trading Garza means the Twins almost certainly need to get a MLB-ready starter in any trade they make for Santana. Prospects won’t do it.
The question is whether they consider Ian Kennedy good enough or will hold out for Phil Hughes.
A bold team might be wise to try and make the Santana deal now rather than wait for the price to rise in Nashville. Offer them Kennedy, Cabrera and somebody else and see if they bite.
Boston won’t deal Jacoby Ellsbury and the Mets don’t have the pitching. The Dodgers could do it, but they’re focusing on Miguel Cabrera.