Yanks, Twins meeting now, but nothing doing yet

Yanks officially bring back Molina, DFA Phillips
Stark: Yanks-Twins deal on life support

As 10:30 p.m. — and the slightly unsatisfying Heroes finale — has come and gone, Hank Steinbrenner’s artificial deadline is fast approaching, the Yanks and Twins are meeting, but a denouement to this drama seems unlikely.

The first reports that a deal may not be reached tonight arrived via Will Carroll. He claims that Twins GM Bill Smith is not backing off his wish to land Ian Kennedy or Jose Tabata as well as Phil Hughes and Melky Cabrera. Greedy much?

But the truth is far more simple. Despite what this guy has to say — “I can’t see anyone out bidding us talent wise” — Phil Hughes is a much better talent option than Jacoby Ellsbury. If Smith lets this midnight deadline pass without pulling the trigger, he will have sacrificed his best option, and if the Yanks really do pull out of these talks in 75 minutes, the Red Sox will greatly reduce their offer as well. That’s why the Yanks and Twins are talking.

Meanwhile, MetsBlog’s Matt Cerrone reports than Smith is talking to other teams despite Santana’s proclamation that he will go only to the Yanks or the Red Sox. Cerrone also feels that there may have been a deal nearly completed earlier today that got pulled back, but that’s just speculation on his part.

Finally, ESPN reports that Brian Cashman and Johan Santana’s agent were on the same flight to Nashville today. How’s that for tampering, Bill Smith? Maybe Cashman had the stewardess slip Santana’s agent a note recommended that they just sit tight until next winter. I love conspiracy theories that aren’t true.

Anyway, we’ll be here until something happens or until nothing happens, and right now, it’s looking like nothing is going to happen quite yet.

Yanks officially bring back Molina, DFA Phillips
Stark: Yanks-Twins deal on life support
  • http://www.mvn.com/mlb-yankees Jim Johnson

    That’s the season finale, hombre. They reshot the mid-season finale to serve as the season finale due to the strike. I know, shitty.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Yeah, I know, but NBC is still claiming that it could come back in the spring. I’ll fix it in the post.

  • Dimaggio5

    Ben, what did you think of the “buzz” at that mets blog that Santana wants to play for the Red Sox, Mets, then the Yankees? Do you think that is more hot air?

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G

    This whole season was sub-par IMO and I swear, that guy who plays Sylar has to be the worst actor on TV.

    As to the deal, I have never prayed for nothing so badly in my life. With the addition of Pettitte I belive we’ve moved past the point of “NEEDING” Johan Santana. But I can easily see how someone can argue otherwise I just really cant justify trading Phil Hughes.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    Santana disputed those comments about only playing for the Yanks or Sawx.
    “Santana’s agent, Peter Greenberg, said his client was angered by a report that he has told the Twins to only trade him to the Yankees or Red Sox. Santana has made no such request, Greenberg said, and also hasn’t ruled out returning to the Twins next season.”

  • CB

    Looks like the santana deal may be off.

    Olney said the teams are at an impasse. Tyler Kepner reporting the same thing. The twins are trying to get new teams involved.


  • dan

    I still have a bad feeling.

  • http://www.canyonofheroes.blogspot.com Mike Plugh

    ESPN too….

    “But the Twins also haven’t budged since Friday. They wanted Kennedy then, and they still do. So unless one side or the other gives, it now appears a trade that once appeared inevitable could blow up for good.

    The two teams still hadn’t even met in person as of late Monday night, even though both clubs’ delegations had arrived in full at the winter meetings. It’s believed they simply exchanged proposals by phone, in what could be another indication that this trade is now on life support.

    Meanwhile, officials from other clubs said some Yankees baseball personnel at the meetings have continued to agonize over the inclusion of Hughes in their offer, out of fear Hughes could come back to haunt them for years. So clearly, the decision to include Hughes in the first place was far from unanimous.”

    Sorry for the long cut and paste….

  • Brian

    I haven’t seen the word denouement in some time…well done, Ben.
    Have to wonder if we have anything up our sleeve to throw in to the deal, or if we really just want to let the Twins make their choice…

  • steve (different one)

    now “metsblog” is a source?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      That guy is one well-connected dude who is now on the payroll at SportsNet NY. I’d take that gig.

  • kris

    Hank’d better stick to his words this time and pull the offer for good. Otherwise I don’t want to hear his bull crap again. This dude is even more attention seeking than Mark Cuban. At least Mark Cuban is relatively young. The owner of the Yankees should be more dignified than this.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Ah, Kris, dignity and Steinbrenner don’t often appear in the same sentence.