Here is the audio of Jorge Posada’s conference call with the media this afternoon:
Brian Cashman was a no-show on the call. Either he didn’t want to answer the questions about Johan Santana or is leaving them to Hank Steinbrenner. Probably both.
ESPN.com is reporting that Boston has offered Jon Lester and Coco Crisp to Minnesota along with two prospects. If nothing else, that is an offer that will bleed the Yankees.
Lester is 11-2, 4.68 in his career and is coming off a very good start in the World Series. Crisp was not what Boston hoped when they traded for him, but he was a productive player in the AL Central for three seasons and is signed to a reasonable contract ($10.5 million over the next two seasons).
Lester is better and has more of a track record than Ian Kennedy and Crisp is a proven Major League player. Melky Cabrera is a better hitter and far cheaper, however. Phil Hughes and Cabrera trumps Lester and Crisp, I think. Then it’s a question of what other prospects to include.
Do not underestimate the power Santana has in this transaction. He has a full NTC and would clearly want a huge extension to get traded. To that degree, he can dictate where he wants to go.