November 23, 2007

Santana May Be Next

According to Joe Christensen, the rumor that the Twins offered Johan a 5-year, $93 million extension is a tad bit off. The deal that was actually rejected by Santana called for this years contract to be terminated, and the 5-year, $93 million deal to take its place. So, you can look at it as a 4-year, $80 million extension offer.

Yeah, you read that right, the Twins basically offered their two-time Cy-Young winner only a 4-year extension.

When Santana rejected the deal, he told the Twins that he wanted a deal somewhat like Barry Zito's. However, only in the regard that he wants long term stability with a 7-year contract. How much money he wants in all isn't known, but there have been rumors that he wants $18-20 million per season, and one report says that in the open market he could get up to $25 million per season.

With the Twins for some reason unwilling to make a long term commitment, the Twins and Santana have both reportedly agreed to seek trade options.

A few more things to keep in mind going forward...

1) Johan controls his own destiny, and even if the Twins found a perfect deal that would bring them four top-notch prospects, Santana could reject any deal he doesn't like with his complete no-trade clause.

2) This doesn't mean that Johan and the Twins won't talk about an extension anymore, but the chances of a deal getting done now seems small. Look for the two sides to explore numerous options at the Winter Meetings.

3) Finally, any deal that was completed, would most likely require Santana to sign an extension first.