Santana Musings (Evil Ways).....
Now that the Lowell signing is history, the Boston Red Sox will address their other needs. One, get Tito signed. We couldn't have done it without him! Two, add a couple arms to the bullpen. Three is not as essential as one or two, but the talk around baseball is that Johan Santana of the Twins WILL BE traded. There don't seem to be any ifs, ands or buts, and it looks like the world champion Boston Red Sox will be an active participant in the Johan quest. This is from this morning's Boston Herald, and my rather succinct opinions on this subject are sure to follow.....
"Indications are that the Twins have already inquired about center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and right-hander Clay Buchholz, plus other top prospects.
A more realistic package, perhaps, would have Coco Crisp filling Minnesota’s hole in center field that free agent Torii Hunter left behind and one of two top starting prospects, Buchholz or lefty Jon Lester, entering the mix. The Sox would likely have to include at least one other proven major league talent, plus one, more likely two, other minor leaguers. The Twins are known to be high on Crisp.
One major league source familiar with the Sox’ thinking said that a package of both Buchholz and Lester, or one of those pitchers and Ellsbury, would be “way too rich” for the team to part with."
Peter here with a comment or two, as promised. First off the bat (pun intended), Jacoby Ellsbury is NOT going to be traded. Not this month, not next month, not ever! Period. Case closed. I seriously doubt that Lester and Buchholz will BOTH go, especially Clay. The Twins have a need for a centerfielder, what with the departure of Torii Hunter to Joe Torre's Dodgers, so Coco is as good as gone. Couple him with Jon Lester, much as I hate to say it, and you have the start of a deal to land one of the best lefthanders in the game. But Jacoby or Clay? NO WAY! THEY ARE UNTOUCHABLE, especially Jacoby. That's just the way I see it right now. The Sox have a surplus of starters, but the thought of a rotation that consists of Beckett, Santana, Schilling, Matsuzaka and Buchholz is enough to start me salivating. And I NEVER drool! This is something that will probably happen next month if it happens at all, and expect the Sox to make a strong run to further establish their rotation as the best in baseball. Hey, it ain't too shabby right now!
Click on the title of this post for an article from the Boston Globe's sports blog, all about the Sox and what might happen trade-wise by Christmas time. I hope every one of you had a joyous Thanksgiving with family and friends. I sure did, and the glow from that wonderful, basted and brown turkey will last well into the weekend. In fact, maybe well into 2008! Have a great Friday, and if you have a comment, I have a response. As always, thanks for stopping by my little corner of the "blue nowhere." Be well.