Posted this afternoon by Jon Heyman at cnnsi.com: The Twins may be fighting a losing battle in their efforts to extend Johan Santana‘s four-year, $40 million contract, which expires at the end of next season. A league source told SI (Sports Illustrated) that Minnesota recently offered to add two years to the deal, at around $18 million per season, plus a club option for 2011.
“League sources” can be 6 for a dollar at times, especially when it may be a “league source” that has a vested interest in seeing Santana end up in, uhhhh, New York or Boston. But it’s still worth noting what’s being said and written elsewhere.
Click here for the rest of the Santana report.
I suspect there’s a long way to go before this one is totally played out. A 2010 stadium opening without Johan on the mound (for the home team) would feel pretty hollow.
(Update: Joe Christensen has this on his blog, which he picked up from talking to Johan at the Metrodome this afternoon:)
Johan Santana today said he has not cut off negotiations with the Twins over a contract extension and said he did not know of the team making a two-year extension offer. His words directly refuted a story today by si.com.
“I’m wondering who said that because as far as I know I haven’t talked to anybody about anything. And I’m pretty sure that you guys (Twin Cities reporters) would be the first to know because you are always around.
Go here for the rest of Joe’s post.