Johan or not?
What a great position the Red Sox are in for these Johan Santana sweepstakes. Flat out, they are not going to give up Ellsbury, they are not going to give up Buchholz. So make the best offer without giving up one of those two. We’ve heard what is likely on the table. Coco, Lester, Lowrie and either Bowden/Masterson. Maybe the Twins will do that. Maybe they won’t.
But if they don’t, it looks as if the Yankees are going to give up Phil Hughes, who could emerge into a bona-fide ace while making as much money over the next six years as Santana will make in one year.
The Red Sox have Beckett, they have Matsuzaka, they have Schilling, they have Buchholz. The Yankees? They have Wang, who proved he’s not good enough to be an ace for a championship team. The Yankees are desperate for Santana. He would be more of a luxury item for the Sox.
So Theo will wait and see how this plays out at what should be an action-packed Winter Meetings in Nashville. If the Red Sox do get Santana, what a dagger that would put in the heart of the Yankees. Where would New York turn from there? Dan Haren?
Joel Sherman wrote a great column in the NY Post yesterday pointing out how every time over the last several years that the Red Sox and Yankees have gone for an elite pitcher, Boston has prevailed. This goes back to Dan Duquette snaring Pedro. It goes back to Theo grabbing Schilling. It goes to Theo’s temporary replacements getting Beckett. Theo and Henry, Lucchino and Werner were bold enough to make the investment on Dice-K while the Yankees stood around. We’ll see how well that one works out. The jury is still out. Meanwhile, the Yankees have gotten Contreras, Kevin Brown, Pavano and other guys who haven’t made a difference.
If the Red Sox get Santana, this could set the Yankees back quite a few years. If they don’t, they’ll still contend for a championship. What a position to be in.
Sorry for the sporadic blogs of late. I should be back on track during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, where the goal will be at least one post a day.
I’ll talk to you from there starting Monday.