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Yes, he’s still with the Twins

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 05, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Twins are again saying they would love to keep Johan Santana. The Red Sox are saying they’re in no hurry to make a deal. No window of negotiation has been opened.

It’s a long way to Opening Day. But wouldn’t it be funny if after all this he stayed with Minnesota?

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That Joba Chamberlain, what a guy. A loyal reader named Vicky sent this link to a story about Joba attending a banquet for his old summer league team in Nebraska.

There are photos and he’s a rocking a goatee that will get shaved before spring training.

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44 Responses to “Yes, he’s still with the Twins”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime December 5th, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Joba = pure awesome.

    Optimist Prime is pleased.

  2. Mel (Welcome Back) December 5th, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    I would love if he stayed with Minny…makes everything so much more easier

  3. Ice Age December 5th, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    He looks like a chubbier Wayne Rooney there LOL.

  4. Buddy Biancalana December 5th, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Johan can become a Yankee at the end of July for the stretch run.

  5. Buddy Biancalana December 5th, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Maybe now all the comments about how Cashman screwed up & let the Sox get him will stop.

  6. GoYanks December 5th, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Noticed he signs left handed; good, he is saving his arm.

  7. jandek's ghost December 5th, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Hopefully, Santana will remain with the Twins for 2008, then go free. THAT would be cool.
    Now, maybe, Cashman will turn to the looking-to-dump-salary Pirates, offer them Kennedy/S. Duncan/Hilligos/Karstens/Henn for Gorzellany/Marte/Nady, and get a SMART deal done!!!!!!!!!

  8. Brian December 5th, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Buddy is right.
    If Minny thought Boston’s offer was so sweet, we’d have a deal. Kudos to Cashman for looking out for the Yankees, and as a consequence, calling the Twins and Red Sox bluff. And thanks to Hankenstein for putting on the frickin’ Ritz.

  9. Buddy Biancalana December 5th, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    LoDuca is close to signing with the Jays, anyone care? Probably not.

  10. Save Phil Hughes December 5th, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Stay with the Twins Johan

  11. Frosty December 5th, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    The Twins look really silly, right now.

  12. Frosty December 5th, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    are you sure that’s a goatee?

    maybe they’re gnats

    ;)

  13. myrtlebeachfan December 5th, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    This just shows that Hank and Cash aren’t stupid and that Theo cannot play us for fools.

    Good work, Cash. You called their ridiculous bluff. Way to be idiots, Minnesota.

  14. Paul9 December 5th, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Boston I think was in it just to drive the price up for us. I’m not sure they were ever even serious.

  15. Global Warming December 5th, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Good News.

    Johan a Twin is something I wouldn’t mind seeing again.

    Keeping Phillip and nabbing Santana during Free Agency.

    Oh yes! Today was a Good day!

  16. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 6th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    “I’ve said all along it’s our first choice,” Smith said. “We’d love to have him. We’d love to keep him.”

    But Minnesota didn’t seem in a hurry to trade Santana.

    “If it’s a Red Sox player, Red Sox timetable. That’s how I would look at it,” Boston general manager Theo Epstein said. “They’re probably doing the same thing.”

    “We completely respect the position the Twins are in. It’s their prerogative to handle this any way they see fit,” Epstein said. “I have no problem with the way they’re handling this at all.”

    SI

    is it me ? or does this sound more like

    Theo: “Jr. why haven’t you fought me back on the offers you smart a**, this isn’t how it was suppose to happen”

    Bill: “This isn’t what I wanted”

    Hank: “Damn this cigar taste great”

    Brian: “HAHAHAHAHA….suffer” 8)

  17. Rebecca--Optimist Prime December 6th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    So what’s the most boringest paper you lot have ever written?

  18. CaptainsCorner December 6th, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Hopefully Cashman and his agent will be on the same flight home again and he can make sure his agent knows the Yanks will show him the money next year if he doesn’t get traded this year and waits for free agency. No one has to know, just some Cashman sweet talking. Sell him on $150m and being able to throw out the first pitch in the new stadium jk!

  19. whozat December 6th, 2007 at 12:03 am

    “Gorzellany/Marte/Nady”

    Why do we want Gorzelanny? Because he’s lefty? He plays in the NL central, and his K:BB isn’t that great, nor is his WHIP. I mean, it’s solid, but he’s in the weakest division in the weakest league. That makes me feel like he’s a guy with an ERA in the low-mid 4′s in the AL. Why are we trading Kennedy for that? Not that he’s BAD, but…

    As for the rest of the deal…you’re dumping garbage and expecting return.

  20. ellen December 6th, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Rebecca: it’s been a long time since I wrote a paper, but most of my cases are akin to watching paint dry . . . and boring paint, at that.

  21. myrtlebeachfan December 6th, 2007 at 12:09 am

    We cant lose Ian Kennedy.

    Why dont people understand that?

  22. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 6th, 2007 at 12:09 am

    remember those…

    Rebecca- “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” in H.S. freshman year not that what I did was boring but writing it was an extreme drag.

    meanwhile Mets Killer outfielder So Taguchi was just released

  23. Buddy Biancalana December 6th, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Rebecca-

    Congrats on getting your blog posted on the right, pretty freakin kewl huh?

  24. ET90210 December 6th, 2007 at 12:12 am

    I saw this story too.

    http://mlbfleecefactor.com/200.....in-a-twin/

  25. J-Dawg December 6th, 2007 at 12:12 am

    That’s a great article on Joba. He seems like a great representative of the pinstripes on and off the field. What a future.

    Things will have worked out well if Santana stays in Minnesota. Bill Smith had a chance to get Phil Hughes, but he probably got a little too greedy. He blew what was a good opportunity, but he’s the one making the decisions.

  26. GMAN December 6th, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Hanko & Cash played this perfectly.

    Epstein & Smith bluffed a higher hand…even after the Yanks upped the ante with Hughes.

    The Yanks called Smith on it and then watched as the Twinkies and Boston folded then excused themselves from the table while Gammons said they would be right back…they were stepping out for sandwiches.

    If Smith comes back to the Yanks he won’t get Hughes, Kennedy or Wilt Chamberlain.

    He might get Melky and spare parts.

    If Boston had any intention of completing the trade for Johann and actually intended on committing to a long term contract for Johann…and if Johann actually wanted to play in BeanTown…there would have been a press conference at 7PM Wednesday evening with Gammons extolling the genius of Epstein and the financial acumen of John Henry.

    So at the end of the 2008 season…Johann goes to the highest bidder and the Twins get 2 draft picks.
    They can give the players they pick…season tickets to the new Twins Stadium in order to hype the attendance figures for 2009 because no one will be there…meanwhile also in 2009…Hughes, Kennedy, Chamberlain and probably Johann will be pitching to a full house each and every night in the brand spanking new New York Yankee Stadium…where more legends will develop and more world championships will be won!!!

  27. rodg12 December 6th, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Most boring paper I’ve ever written was a paper on Bernoulli Numbers. Just awful. Mostly because I never fully understood exactly what they were and they were quite complex. Needless to say, this was a partner paper and I didn’t pick the topic.

  28. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 6th, 2007 at 12:15 am

    I want some of those people now to apologize for what Hank did, eh who am I kidding

  29. G. Love December 6th, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Mo should throw out the first actual game pitch in the first game at the new stadium.

    Girardi should agree to start him for the game and let him throw the first inning.

    If not Mo, then Pettitte.

    As for Johan, I feel sorry for the guy being stuck in such a Mickey Mouse organization.

    They should be taking some that revenue sharing they pile up and show Johan the money instead of this back assward auction they are holding.

    I hope the guy makes it to free agency and that Minny gets to enjoy facing Johan, Hughes, IPK, etc for the next bunch of year.

  30. Rebecca--Optimist Prime December 6th, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Buddy: Thanks! It’s been there a while now…since September maybe? But it’s still just as awesome.

    I have to say Victorian literature really is every bit as boring as it sounds…the novels are okay, I guess, but the endless breaking them down I hate. Lemme just enjoy it.

  31. Buddy Biancalana December 6th, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Jeez, Sorry Rebecca, I thought it was of the new ones Pete just added. Be-lated Congrats then!

  32. Rebecca--Optimist Prime December 6th, 2007 at 12:21 am

    buddy–Aww, I didn’t mean to upset you! Please don’t be offended!

  33. mel December 6th, 2007 at 12:24 am

    There are photos and he’s a rocking a goatee that will get shaved before spring training.

    At first glance I thought he was speaking of another great pitcher who sports a goatee. :)

  34. Bleacher Creature PJ December 6th, 2007 at 12:26 am

    I would like to see a picture of what Johan’s wife/girlfriend looks like. After seeing how hideous IPK wife is the Evil Empire may want to rething throwing Kennedy back in the deal (jk).

    BC PJ

    P.S. Micheal Kay still sucks! Is many other MLB team in the market for a self indulgent announcer with a terrible play-by-play voice?

  35. Buddy Biancalana December 6th, 2007 at 12:26 am

    Rebecca-
    None taken, catch you on the next thread.

  36. CB December 6th, 2007 at 12:28 am

    “Hanko & Cash played this perfectly.”

    I completely agree. Cash and Steinbrenner saw that the Sox were mostly interested to drive up the price and then called them on it.

    With that Bill Smith’s market for Santana collapsed.

    If the Sox really wanted him they would have gotten him.

    It’ll be hard for the twins to “settle” now that they’ve been so public on their demands.

    Strange how there seems to be no viable market for the world’s best pitcher.

  37. mel December 6th, 2007 at 12:31 am

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12.....f=baseball

    Gayle,

    We were talking about Jose Reyes and his attitude. His explanation is in this article. Sounds like Willie Randolph ran him into the ground, but some of it was probably the pressure of trying to help the team win.

    Sometimes we forget how young these guys are.

  38. mel December 6th, 2007 at 12:34 am

    Bleacher Creature,

    http://www.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=min

    One of the girls looks just like him.

  39. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 6th, 2007 at 12:34 am

    NYPOST is reporting Jason Kidd wants out of NJ

  40. A-Point December 6th, 2007 at 12:46 am

    GoYanks
    December 5th, 2007 at 11:47 pm
    Noticed he signs left handed; good, he is saving his arm.

    So Joba is a lefty that throws righty? Somehow that just doesn’t compute.

    Bet they have the pictures reversed.

  41. Bleacher Creature PJ December 6th, 2007 at 12:50 am

    Everyone,
    Is it just me or does everyother everday Yankee fan realize how much of a phony Michael Kay is? He is so repetative with everything he says. For example, how many times is he going to talk about the “fake to first throw to third move” as the “Jeff Nelson move.” C’mon! And he is always complaining about the length of the games. “Michael, you do are a broadcaster for the NEW YORK F*kin YANKEES!” Its almost as bad as when he used descride the yankee uniforms over the radio broadcasts with his loser “no name on the back of the jersey, of course” line. I would be perfectly happy with Kenmy Singleton, Johnny Flar, Bobby Mercer, Lieter, and however else. Let Bob Larenz to get out of the studio and get him to the stadium. I would even go as far as to say bring Kimberly Jones up to the booth.

    Let me know what you guys think.

    BC PJ

    P.S. Mel – I’m trying to figure out which one is his wife. LOL.

  42. jandek's ghost December 6th, 2007 at 1:18 am

    whozat
    December 6th, 2007 at 12:03 am
    “Gorzellany/Marte/Nady”
    Why do we want Gorzelanny? Because he’s lefty? He plays in the NL central, and his K:BB isn’t that great, nor is his WHIP. I mean, it’s solid, but he’s in the weakest division in the weakest league. That makes me feel like he’s a guy with an ERA in the low-mid 4’s in the AL. Why are we trading Kennedy for that? Not that he’s BAD, but…
    As for the rest of the deal…you’re dumping garbage and expecting return.

    Who:yes. we want gorzellany because he’s a lefty. a good young lefty who’s an average ML starter–a #3–who’d be a #5 for the Yankees and provide L/R balance to the rotation. He’s also seen by a lot of scouts as a guy who could get much better. Because IPK may be a little more valuable–just a little–than Gorzellany, you expand the deal to include Marte. Basically, IPK for Gorzellany+Henn/Karstens (or White, or Marquez) for Marte+Duncan/Gonzales for Nady. The Pirates get two viable starting candidates to replace gorzellany, a young LH reliever who might be good to replace Marte, and a young RH 1B/corner outfielder with big-time power to replace Nady and his costly contract. Gonzales is a throw-in that would help free up the Pirates to trade off Jack Wilson–another contract the Pirates want to be rid of. The Yanks don’t “need” Gorzellany, but they DO need Marte. I still say: “good deal for both sides.”

  43. #27 n Cali December 6th, 2007 at 1:18 am

    Not sure how it’s our victory that the Sox are backing out (if they are). If they indeed drove the price up, that’s a bad thing, right? If they hadn’t been in the mix, the price would’ve been lower, and we’d have Santana by now. So I ask again: how is their driving up the price a good thing? I know it’s good that they’re not getting him (if they’re not), but I would’ve liked to have an ace.

  44. rover December 6th, 2007 at 5:47 am

    if hughes, ipk and joba all pan out and reach what we hope they will, hughes, ipk, joba, petitte, wang, each of those could actually be an ace on nearly every club but new york and boston, well maybe a few others. time will tell i suppose.

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