Posted at 12:50 PM on September 26, 2007
by David Zingler
Former "Bleacher Bum" and longtime Indians fan Bob Collins pointed out the following Johan Santana "rumor" to me ealier today.
According to the post on Yahoo, the Twins may send Santana to the Dodgers for 23-year-old OF Matt Kemp (who would replace Hunter in CF) and LH pitching prospect Clayton Kershaw.
Surely, the Twins could do better -- I need a KG/Frank Viola-style 5 for 1, including at least one established major league star to even consider dealing the two-time Cy Young winner.
Otherwise, they might as well hang onto him and take the 1st round pick as compensation when he bolts via free agency.
I'm with you David, to an extent. The Twins can do better, though I'm not sure they'll get 5 for 1. I think it's going to end up being one established major leaguer, possibly on the cusp of stardom, and two high-level prospects who are ready to take the next step. Is that enough? I'm not sure, but Bill Smith should at least listen to offers.
The Twins would be getting arguably the best pitching prospect out there and a guy who is crushing major-league pitching as a 22-year-old and can play center.
I don't think the Twins will do a whole lot better than that. If they don't think they can re-sign Santana, they should think real long and hard about that deal.