Here’s what it comes down to in my opinion:
It’s a good deal if the Yankees hold on to Jose Tabata, Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, Alan Horne, Juan Miranda, Mark Melancon, Dellin Betances and Jesus Montero.
It’s a bad deal if they have to give up one of those players. Minnesota should demand a high price for Santana, he’s terrific. But his value in the trade market is lessened by the fact that the team trading for him also has to give him a huge contract.
It’s further lessened by his no-trade clause and apparent desire to play on the East Coast.
There is word that the Twins would be content to keep Santana and get the draft picks. Good for them. But if they want to trade him, they can’t expect three A-list players for him.
Hank Steinbrenner vows they won’t give up a third A-lister. But if the Red Sox dangle Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury and the Twins demand more, what then?
Walk away, I say. The Yankees need Santana more than Boston. I bet if the Yankees walk, the Red Sox walk away just as quickly.