By La Velle
The Yankees and Red Sox are the two main teams talking to the Twins about lefthander Johan Santana as of now. The Yankees have included righthander Phillip Hughes to its offer, which is believed to be Hughes, Melky Cabrera and Ian Kennedy. [2:55 UPDATE: Someone following the Yankees situation just told me that New York prefers to hold on to Hughes or Kennedy, so we'll see how this plays out).
The Red Sox want to offer Coco Crisp as part of a multi-player package, but the Twins aren't interested. The Twins are at the point now where they won't accept anything less than their demands and are prepared to go elsewhere if they don't get what they want.
There's a chance that the Mets may re-think their reluctance to add shortstop Jose Reyes to a deal because they are desperate for starting pitching. If Reyes becomes available, look for the Mets to surge in this race. I've been told the Twins would prefer to send Santana to a National League team. Santana would like the N.L. so he can hit.
Things can change as teams begin to arrive in Nashville for the winter meetings. Twins GM Bill Smith and assistant GM Rob Antony were headed to Nashville at the time of this writing. Smith has to take part in a minor leagues Board of Trustees meeting but is expected to talk to clubs today and tonight - which is why Antony is with him.
Other teams could make a harder push for Santana. Some clubs interested in Santana also are keeping an eye on the Miguel Cabrera situation in Florida, which has kept them from making serious offers.
[UPDATE AT 4:00] Here’s Ken Rosenthal with an update. The Twins should have arrived in Nashville by now, so I’m guessing all these talks that are supposed to happen can now happen..