By Joe Christensen
La Velle and I are keeping our ears to the ground for any developments on the Johan Santana trade front. Ken Rosenthal reported the Twins are asking for one major league star — think Jose Reyes or Robinson Cano — along with multiple prospects in their Santana discussions.
I think it’s right for the Twins to ask for those stars, but I don’t think they’d get much in the way of additional prospects in that type of a deal. Hard as this might be to grasp, a Cano for Santana deal might be more of a 1-for-1 because Cano won’t be a free agent until after 2011 and Santana can hit the market next fall.
We continue to hear major league insiders talk about how reluctant teams will be to give up three premium young players while still needing to pony up a six-year, $120 million contract extension to keep Johan from free agency. I think the Twins will know by the end of the winter meetings (which run Dec. 3-6) whether they can get enough to justify trading him.
Also, here’s a great piece by Bob Nightengale with an inside look at the Angels’ negotiations with Torii Hunter:
“I always imagined my deal would get done inside a board room or a Capital Grille,” Hunter said. “Turns out it was done at a Del Taco. Can you believe it? The deal gets done over some tacos.”