A few non-Santana items for you:
Along with Ron Mahay, LaTroy Hawkins is on the radar for the Yankees. They also want to bring Luis Vizcaino back. There also seems to be hope that a new pitching coach and manager can revitalize Krazy Kyle Farnsworth. Good luck with that.
There is a market, believe it or not, for Kei Igawa. But until the Yankees see what happens with Andy Pettitte and Santana, they want to hang on to the lefty.
As for Santana:
The Mets are not in this. They are not trading Jose Reyes and his team-friendly deal. Mike Pelfrey and Phil Humber are not getting it done.
I have no evidence of this yet, but the Red Sox are probably in this only to make it hurt for the Yankees. Great as Santana is, do they really want to add a $20 million starter? Pitching is not an issue for them.
The Yankees are more likely competing with Anaheim or Seattle or maybe the Dodgers.
This idea to chase Danny Haren instead of Santana makes some sense in that Haren is signed. But Billy Beane would make it hurt.
Do you realize that Eric Duncan was left unprotected for the Rule 5 Draft? I’d be surprised if anybody takes him. As all this Santana stuff swirls, it’s a lesson on placing too much value on your own prospects. None us can be sure that any of these kids, including Joba Chamberlain, will be good moving forward.
That said, I don’t trade Phil Hughes. I’ll take 15 wins and 175 innings for $400,000 than 18 wins and 215 innings for $20 million.
Finally, there is talk that Hank Steinbrenner will go to the Winter Meetings at some point.
The Yankees will (finally) announce their deal with Jorge Posada today. Presumably Brian Cashman will emerge and take questions on the conference call.