Big week ahead..

Posted on January 28th, 2008 – 9:18 AM
By La Velle

After speaking with officials over the weekend at TwinsFest, it looks like the Twins want to get a Johan Santana trade done this week or begin preparing for his arrival at spring training.

We really won’t know if the Twins waited too long to trade Santana until a deal is made. For now, they insist that that they remain in contact with the Red Sox, Mets and Yankees and no team has pulled out.

I asked if there was a chance that a three-way deal involving a mystery team was possible. I was told that was unlikely.

I asked if the Twins have discussed adding a player to any deal to help move things along. I was told no.

I asked about reports that Jon Lester has been pulled from the Red Sox offer. I was told it’s not true. 

If the Twins don’t get an offer they like and bring Santana to camp, they’ll look at signing a free agent center fielder like Kenny Lofton or Corey Patterson. But they also would discuss just opening up the spot to competition between prospects Denard Span and Jason Pridie.

I know many of you have wondered if the signings of Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer mean that the Twins will also try to lock up Santana. That remains highly unlikely as all indications are that Santana is seeking a maximum payday.

I can’t wait for this to end we can find out what was true and what was just posturing. The funny thing is that we’re headed for the 10-year anniversary of the Chuck Knoblauch trade to the Yankees (Feb. 6) and that could be marked by another Twins trade to New York team. I still rank the Mets as the favorite with the Yankees second but the Twins have every right to demand that Fernando Martinez be included in the deal.

The Mets are trying to get one of the best pitchers in baseball for prospects. Excuse me while I put on my Allen Iverson hat. Prospects? Prospects? We’re talking about prospects, man. Not proven major league talent, prospects.

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