Posted at 1:12 PM on December 30, 2007
by David Zingler
Johan Santana is still a Twin – for now. The Big Market Teams (BMT) are low-balling the Twins with offers that won’t include another star player (like Jose Reyes or Robinson Cano) or two-top shelf prospects (like Jacoby Ellsbury and Jon Lester). This is a travesty.
Imagine if this were a small-market NFL team – say the Indianapolis Colts – and they were shopping their superstar player, Peyton Mannning. Never happen, right? But if it did, you can bet it wouldn’t be just the New York and Boston teams in the bidding. With a salary cap and meaningful revenue sharing, just about every NFL team could find a place for Manning on its roster, but yet the Twins have a precious few suitors for Santana. As a result, they will get just pennies-on-the-dollar in return.
It won’t end there either. Justin Morneau and maybe Joe Mauer will be next (although the Twins will probably pay the hometown boy). We’ll also watch Delmon Young become a star and then send him to a BMT during his prime. Bud Selig has presided over the biggest era of change in baseball history (expanded playoffs, Interleague play, limited revenue sharing, luxury tax, drug testing), he should make it his mission to level the playing field before he retires.