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Will he stay or will he go?

Posted at 11:30 AM on December 4, 2007 by Chris Dall (1 Comments)

I don't know about the rest of you, but my head is spinning from all the Johan Santana trade rumors. Will it be the Yankees, or the Red Sox? Will Melky Cabrera be our new centerfielder, or Jacoby Ellsbury? Have the Yankees really given the Twins a deadline? Has Johan really ordered the Twins to only have discussion with those two teams? Was Hank Steinbrenner really dumb enough to violate MLB tampering rules?

For the record, ESPN is reporting that the Red Sox now have the upper hand in the negotiations with the Yankee-imposed deadline of Monday night having passed. The potential deal has the Twins getting either a) pitcher Jon Lester, centerfielder Coco Crisp, minor league SS Jed Lowrie and another prospect or b) Jacoby Ellsbury, Lowrie, and pitching prospect Justin Masterson. The New York Daily News says the Yankees have moved on, and are now looking at Oakland A's pitcher Dan Haren.

It's really hard to separate the fact from fiction when it comes to baseball's winter meetings. My take is that the Red Sox don't really want Santana, but are merely trying to push the Yankees out of the negotiations, which could mean that Bill Smith ends up leaving Nashville without having made a deal. And if that happens, then the Twins might get less for Santana than they had hoped. Me, I would have taken the Yankees deal of Cabrera, pitcher Phil Hughes, and another prospect.

Stay tuned.

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Miguel, Dontrelle heading to Motown

Posted at 8:31 PM on December 4, 2007 by Chris Dall

This is turning out to be a tough winter for Twins fans. ESPN is reporting that the Detroit Tigers and Florida Marlins have agreed in principle to a deal that would send third baseman Miguel Cabrera and pitcher Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers for six prospects, led by pitcher Andrew Miller.

Wow. Detroit just got a lot better offensively, as Cabrera is one of the top young hitters in the game. And despite a poor 2007 season, Dontrelle Willis is a pitcher who can be dominant at times. If he regains the form he had in 2005, when he won 22 games, then the Tigers starting rotation is about as good as it gets.

Maybe the other teams just got bored of hearing all about Johan and decided they needed to make something else happen.

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