The AP is now reporting that Phil Hughes is part of the offer for Johan Santana along with Melky Cabrera and a “mid-level prospect.”
In a new twist, the wire service says the offer could have an expiration date of a few days as the Yankees are prepared to go after Danny Haren. Now that most everybody believes the Red Sox aren’t serious, the Yankees are putting some pressure on the Twins to make this deal before it gets any more complicated.
The Yankees tonight offered arbitration to Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte and Luis Vizcaino.
For Rivera and Rodriguez, it was a formality because their contracts are not yet official. They offered Pettitte just in case he pulls a Roger Clemens. The want the Viz back. The players have until Friday to accept or decline.
Doug Mientkiewicz was not offered arbitration. But unlike previous seasons, under the new CBA he could still sign with the Yankees. The Yankees also did not make an offer to Clemens.