December 11, 2007

Santana Talks Continue

Since the Winter Meetings ended, everything on the Johan Santana front has been pretty quiet. But today La Velle reported that the Twins and Red Sox are still talking, and that the Twins are currently leaning towards a deal that would have Jacoby Ellsbury as the main part coming to Minnesota.

The deal would be Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, Justin Masterson and one other prospect. The main holdup for the Twins right now is who the fourth player would be.

Now, he did mention that nothing in imminent, and the Twins will most likely continue to take their time and wait this thing out. But, from everything I have read recently, the Twins would much rather move him before the season, and get something out of him.

As far as the players that Boston is offering, they aren't really that bad.

The deal that the Twins are leaning towards with Ellsbury, Lowrie and Masterson actually has three top five prospects according to SoxProspects.com.

They have Ellsbury listed at number two, Masterson at number three and Lowrie listed at number four. Plus, a fourth player could possibly be listed in their top ten such as a guy like Bowden (5), Kalish (8) or Moss (10).

When talks with teams first started, I never liked the idea of trading Johan in a deal that didn't bring a currently-ready top of the rotation pitcher back to Minnesota. This deal doesn't, but I still like it better than a deal with Lester as the main part.

After looking at all of the players, and knowing there would be one other piece, it doesn't seem all that bad.

Masterson might not be ready until mid-2008, but from everything I've found, he is projected to be a two or three starter in the league. He'd fit in nice with Liriano, Baker and Slowey if he pans out.

Plus, I fully expect the Twins to sign some kind of starting pitcher this off-season anyways, they always do. And, even if they don't, couldn't Nathan bring us one?