Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Biding Their Time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After talking to Bill Smith, I’m more convinced than ever that Johan Santana will be traded next week, or next month, but not today or tomorrow. It just appears he believes that competition will pick up again at some point, and the offers will improve.

Here’s one way it might happen: It’s now being reported by several publications that the Mets are interested again. Anything that rachets up the pressure on a certain owner’s son in New York – say, the prospect of the “other” team in town making a splash – has to be a good thing for the Twins’ chances of getting their asking price. Same with the growing consensus (not sure I buy it) that the Tigers might be Boston’s top competition next year, not the Yankees.

Until then, some of the rumors going around are getting fairly far-fetched. One of them that caused a few chuckles in the press room involved a three-way deal that supposedly sends Santana and Bobby Crosby to the Mets, Dan Haren to the Twins, and Jose Reyes to the A’s, with a few minor prospects sprinkled around, too. Can you imagine the reaction in the Twin Cities if Smith traded Santana, and all he got back was a starting pitcher who isn’t as good? Yikes.

-- Phil Miller

2 comments:

jjohnson said...

"Can you imagine the reaction in the Twin Cities if Smith traded Santana, and all he got back was a starting pitcher who isn’t as good? Yikes."

That scenario would be a disaster, both for PR and making needed improvements to the team.

If the Twins don't get some talented and exciting position players (Ellsbury, Lowrie, Wood, Willits, Kendrick, etc.) for Johan -- and some reasons for hope next year and beyond -- everyone will be disappointed. With Detroit and KC making improvements, the Twins need to take some major steps forward.

tom said...

I'll be satisfied if Smith can pry David Wright away from the Mets for Santana, as unlikely as that would be.