December 4, 2007

Deal Almost Final

This morning, I wrote that late last night, the Red Sox and Twins exchanged medical records for pitchers Johan Santana and Jon Lester, and that a deal was closer than ever before. The Red Sox reportedly offered two separate deals. One would be Jed Lowrie, Coco Crisp, Jon Lester, and Justin Masterson. The other deal would be the same, but instead of Crisp and Lester, it'd include Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Twins and Sox didn't talk for a good part of the day, but according to new reports, the Red Sox have added a fifth prospect to the deal, and it could be finalized very soon. In case you're wondering, the fifth prospect appears to be Ryan Kalish. Kalish is thought to be a Top 10 prospect according to RotoWorld.

There was also a rumor today that the Angels made an attempt to get into the bidding. The Twins would be expected to demand Jered Weaver in any deal. How serious the Angels are about obtaining Santana isn't known.

So, it looks like it will be a 5 for 1 deal, and could be done later this afternoon, or for sure this evening. A new report that just came out from the Boston Herald is saying the Twins have told all teams that have interest that they'd like to get this resolved by the end of the day.

Remember, Johan would have to sign an extension whenever any deal is agreed upon.