The Twins have agreed to trade Johan Santana to the Mets contingent on his agreeing to a contract extention. Minnesota would receive OF Carlos Gomez and RHPs Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey.
Santana reportedly pressured the Twins to make up their mind and GM Bill Smith gave teams until Tuesday to make their best offers. My understanding is that the Yankees made no offer at all. It’s unclear whether the Red Sox offered anything beyond their original proposal.
The Yankees wanted no part of signing Santana to an extension, which will cost at least $100 million and could go as high as $140 million.
This is not a trade that can be evaluated now because we have no idea how the prospects will pan out. But at first glance, Minnesota would have been better off with the packages offered by the Red Sox or Yankees back in December at the Winter Meetings.
Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury are MLB ready players.
This deal could determine whether Brian Cashman remains the GM of the Yankees. If Santana becomes the ace of the Mets and leads them into the World Series while the Yankees do another first-round flame-out, Cashman will have a lot of explaining to do to Little Stein.
Me? I’m interested to see what Phil Hughes turns out to be. It would seem the Yankees are indeed serious about developing their own players.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Minnesota called the Yankees today, hoping to get some sort of offer. Cashman didn’t budge.
Boston reportedly took Jon Lester off the table and was offering a package led by Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie.