Yanks interested in Johan Santana


In other news, the sun will rise in the east and set in the west; water is wet; and grass is green. Seriously though, Tyler Kepner reports that the Yanks could land Johan Santana without trading Phil, Joba or Ian. The market for Santana should develop before the owners’ meetings next month. Once the Twins realize they can’t afford him, the frenzy will begin. The plot thickens.

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  • jeff

    “Seriously though, Tyler Kepner reports that the Yanks could land Johan Santana without trading Phil, Joba or Ian.”

    That’s not at all what the article says. It says the door is open to trading one of the Big 3 for a pitcher, but not a position player:

    “The senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said Wednesday that the Yankees would not trade Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy for a position player. That may cost the Yankees a chance at Florida’s Miguel Cabrera, but it could put them in position to land Santana next month.”

  • The Scout

    Jeff is correct. Nowhere does the article suggest Santana could be had without giving up at least one of the big three. And common sense says as much: other teams would swoop in with better offers.

  • Keith

    I would imagine it’d take a package of one of Hughes/Joba, one future great arm (Betances/Melancon), and either Tabata or AJax.

    I realize this is Johan, and perhaps I’m enjoying the success of the young players making their way into the Bronx nowadays a little too much, but that seems awfully steep.

  • Mike N (Stamford, CT)

    You have to make that deal: Hughes/Joba, one future great arm (Betances/Melancon), and either Tabata or AJax…

    I would rather it be Hughes, Melancon, and Tabata but I think you pretty much have to make that deal. The rotation would be:

    1) Santana
    2) Wang
    3) Hughes/Joba
    4) Kennedy
    5) Mussina

    Also, if Petitte actually does come back, that is a championship caliber rotation.

  • Steve S

    I think the inclusion of Melky could make Kennedy more palatable for the Twins. They would be getting a young starter and a starting centerfielder (and include the prospect of choice (maybe Betances). Remember there are only going to be five or six teams who are going to be able to afford Santana beyond next year. And that number may dwindle if one of those teams acquires Arod. Additionally, some teams may not have the prospects to get him. Look at the Mets, unless they are prepared to give up Wright or Reyes, they dont have anything right now that would merit Santana. People are down on Pelfrey and Humber, Lasting Milledge cant be the centerpiece to a deal filled with minor leaguers. There are three teams that can legitimately make a run aside from the Yankees- Boston (Bucholz/Lester & Crisp/Ellsbury), the Dodgers (Kemp, Loney, Kershaw, laroche, Billingsley), and the Angels (Wood, Kendrick, Aybar etc..).

  • steve (different one)

    i would not trade Phil or Joba.

    i don’t care if that is rational or not.

    but the bottom line is that the next 6 years of Phil or Joba will be more valuable than 1 year of Johan Santana.

    • Travis G.

      yep. trade Kennedy, but not one of those guys. they have shown true ace potential. kennedy hasn’t. it would be awesome to land Johan, but he HAS been trending downward. Imagine if Joba & Phil reach their potential: we would have TWO aces (for the next 10 years – not just ~4 like Johan – to boot!). plus he might be a FA anyway after 08.

  • Ben K.

    Ah, yeah, you guys are right. I misread this. The Yanks would trade a pitcher for another pitcher. Not a bad approach.

  • Mike

    Yanks COULD get anyone. Depends on how much they are willing to pay. Kepners article was designed to fill space on a slow news day.