Sunday, December 02, 2007

Nashville Bound

That's right. Most baseball executives planning to make their way to Nashville for major league baseball's winter meetings will be doing so today, Sunday, December 2nd. And the stakes for the services of Johan Santana are high. This is from today's Boston Globe....

"Twins GM Bill Smith was already on his way to Nashville yesterday, but with the Yankees having elected to include prize pitching prospect Phil Hughes in a package that also includes center fielder Melky Cabrera, there were indications that Smith was planning to give the Sox one more chance to include either center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury or pitcher Clay Buchholz in the package the Sox would be willing to exchange for Santana."

Peter here, and a rotation headed up by number one Josh Beckett and number two Johan Santana would be a formidible one indeed. And that is why I must say this....if the Red Sox add Clay Buchholz into the mix of Crisp, Lester and the minor leaguers, and THAT will nail the door shut on the New York Yankees' hopes and dreams of adding the all-star lefty to their somewhat average looking rotation, DO IT! Just DO IT!! Jacoby Ellsbury is as untouchable as anyone on ANY team could be, so don't worry about him. He will be our starting centerfielder and most likely lead-off hitter for many years to come. Many HAPPY years. He's an everyday player, and he's going nowhere. If the Sox can be assured of Johan approving a multi-year deal to stay in Boston, it's a deal that cannot NOT happen. And don't forget Oakland's Dan Haren if the Johan talks go the pinstripe way. But first things first. The winter meetings are five days of organized mayhem, and I'm ready to go. And so are Theo and company. You'll read about it right here at Peter's Red Sox Forever (PRSF). So get ready for December's "week of dreams fulfilled, and those lost."

Click on the title of this post for Gordon Edes' Boston Globe look at the Red Sox and the moves they've made in past winter meetings. The Sox have continually made some monumental transactions in years past, and it's all there in Edes' article. Just click on that title. Have a wonderful Sunday, as the clouds increase on this very early Sunday morning and everyone gets ready for some snow. The forecasts have downgraded the possible 3 or 4 inches down to snow of the cosmetic variety...nice to look at but not severe enough to disrupt any Sunday or Sunday night activities. As long as there's enough snow to whiten the ground and make it LOOK like December, I'll be a happy guy. Be well, and as always, thanks for reading. Your comments are always welcome....do you think the Sox should add Clay Buchholz into the Johan mix? I'll respond to every comment submitted, as I always try to do.

11 Comments:

At 12/02/2007 2:49 PM, Blogger Middle Relief said...

On paper, a rotation with JS in it will be better, if not the best. Certainly, if the Sox got JS combined with JB, there'd be talk about the best rotation ever sor sure.

Any chance you caught the article on ESPN.com about the hazards of big long-term contracts for pitchers (Hampton, Brown, Pavano, etc.) - makes me wonder if at a tag of 6 years and $120 ish if both our clubs would be better sitting this one out.

 
At 12/02/2007 3:13 PM, Blogger Christopher said...

Did you also see the sources section by Buster Onsley stating the Ellsbury is back on the table because the Twins want him. At least it won't be Ellsbury and Lester, it has to be one or the other according to the Red Sox. If I were Theo I would say Ellsbury is not an option as long as we give you Lester.

Not sure how right Buster is anyway. I not very impress with his predications, since last year at the start of spring training he said the Red Sox were a third place team. Right, we saw how that happened heh, heh,heh.

 
At 12/02/2007 4:06 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I'll check out that article, MR!
Christopher, hey! I assure you, if the Sox part with someone (Buchholz) they do not want to part with, it WILL NOT be Jacoby. I am so sure....Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International, and ALL of us, would never tolerate that. It's a stetch for me to say that if Clay has to go (for a guaranteed Johan), it might be for the best. But Jacoby will be our leadoff guy and centerfielder for many many years to come. I KNOW I'm right! I hope, I think, I know. But I DO know, deep in my heart.
Hey, guys, thank you for reading! Have a wonderful Sunday. Next week's Nashville meetings will be exciting!!
Again, thank you!! Ellsbury is so safe right now. Peter

 
At 12/02/2007 4:09 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Buster?? Never read his stuff...I do know this....it will be Lester and Coco, a couple minor leaguers, and if it's a sure Johan thing, Buchholz. But Jacoby ain't goin' anywhere! That's a promise from me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I MEAN THAT!!!!

 
At 12/02/2007 4:12 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

MR, the Yankees have showed terrible judgement with those type of long-term contracts...it's almost as if they're cursed. But the Sox are an entirely different story.
Be well, guys, and enjoy this gray Sunday while it spits snow.

 
At 12/02/2007 7:19 PM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

Hey, Peter, Dan Roche has confirmed that the Sox have made Ellsbury the "centerpiece" of their Santana package...

http://wbztv.com/roche/local_blogentry_336175600.html

 
At 12/02/2007 9:06 PM, Blogger Fenway West said...

I love Jacoby and hope he is on the Sox for a long time but if it takes him to get Santana I think they have to do it. It will hard to see him go but you have to give up something good to get the best pitcher in baseball. Enjoy the snow, its raining in NorCal.

 
At 12/02/2007 9:11 PM, Blogger laura said...

Maybe the Twins will just decide not to trade Santana after all. I don't want Ellsbury to go...

 
At 12/02/2007 10:37 PM, Blogger Christopher said...

Maybe the Twins will throw a wrench in the deal or not accept it because of Lester. One can only hope. They haven't responded to New York yet and the Yankees are threating to leave the table.

 
At 12/03/2007 8:54 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

It's Ellsbury they want, not Lester. The Twins would be crazy not to take this deal

 
At 12/03/2007 9:27 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Christopher, it turns out that you were correct, much to my dismay. That's what I wrote about on this Monday morning.
And thank you, MCW...I've read and heard the same sad news.
To all of you, thank you for your comments.
And MCW, you are EXACTLY right....the Twinkies would be nuts not to leap at the offer. All I can say is just one word....WOW! A very sad wow......

 

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