Bob Klapisch of The Record reported today that the Twins tried a last-ditch proposal of Ian Kennedy, Melky Cabrera and another prospect for Johan Santana.
No dice. Klap also says the Red Sox took both Jacoby Ellsbury and Jon Lester off the table.
In the end, Minnesota had little choice but to take what the Mets were offering. Omar Minaya got Santana and held on to his best pitching prospect (Mike Pelfrey) and his best hitting prospect (Fernando Martinez).
Talked to three people today about the deal, two scouts and a former GM. They all said the Twins were held up without a gun. Carlos Gomez is fast. And beyond that, well he’s fast. He’s an undisciplined hitter with a good glove.
Phil Humber is a kid the Mets had no faith in when they were searching bus stations and homeless shelters for starters last season. Deolis Guerra is a big (6-5) kid with a below-average fastball. Kevin Mulvey’s ceiling may be as a No. 4 starter.
There is no question whatsoever that the Yankees or the Red Sox could have come up with the players to make the trade yesterday. But both teams were clearly put off by the idea of paying Santana $120 million.
Good as he is, there were red flags all over his second half of the season. The idea in baseball now is to pay a pitcher for what he can do for you, not for what he did for somebody else.
Meanwhile, hot dogs at the new stadium in Queens will be $17.50.