By Joe Christensen
From Buster Olney’s blog today:
• Rival general managers say that in recent days, Minnesota’s Bill Smith is quietly gauging the market for left-hander Johan Santana, determining what deals he might have, in the aftermath of the report that Santana turned down a five-year, $93 million offer from the Twins. The Mets will be among the most aggressive teams in any Santana bidding.
We have yet to receive those same indications from other teams, but I believe it’s only a matter of time before the game is abuzz with serious Santana trade speculation, especially heading into the winter meetings.
Note: Apologies to those readers who were looking for more in-depth coverage of the Rule Five implications to yesterday’s 40-man roster decisions. Complete disclosure: While chasing other angles, I have not had time to research who is most in jeopardy of being claimed. However, I will go out on a limb and say I seriously doubt the squad has left the next Johan Santana or Shane Mack unprotected.
Smith told me, “I think every organization wishes it was a 50-man roster on this day because yeah, there are guys you’d like to protect and guys you’d like to reward and guys you don’t want to lose.”