Buzz: The Twins are in a Tough Spot

Twins GM Bill Smith is in a tough position…

…from what i can tell, his team’s fans are starting to feel like he missed an opportunity during early December to acquire Phil Hughes, Jacoby Ellsbury or Jon Lester for Johan Santana, and because he misplayed his hand he must now entertain accepting unimpressive minor leaguers from the Mets…and while some fans are comfortable with that, in the end they expect a lot more in return for a guy like santana…

…what’s worse, this could essentially be the most important trade of this guy’s young career…

…and so, he really has no choice but to do everything within his power to try and wrangle a big-time player who the fans and media will be satisfied with…i mean, if he trades santana for what is perceived as mostly mid-level prospects, he’s going to have a lot of questions to answer…the thing is, in the long run, of all the rumored deals, he may be better off taking four or five prospects from the Mets…but, by the time Fernando Martinez is making an impact at the major-league level, smith may already be looking for another job…

…as a Mets fan who wants to see santana in blue and orange next season, this is why i worry about the Yankees…because, it would not surprise me to see them flip these talks around, shift gears, and secretly offer up a player like Chien-Ming Wang, who will earn the league minimum in 2008, after which he’ll likely be paid roughly $10 million per-year each of the following three seasons, before being eligible for free agency after 2011…

…remember, according to multiple reports, the Twins did offer santana a four-year deal worth nearly $20 million per season…so, bringing on a back-to-back 19–game winner for half that money, through the same time frame, could be the type of impact player who fans may pat smith on the back for…

…of course, there is no real reason to believe that the Yankees would ever be so bold…accept that i don’t trust them, and i believe they’re capable of anything – especially when it comes to ruining my hopes and dreams…

…if everything remains as is, and santana puts a bit of pressure on the Twins to move him sooner than later, then i see the Mets as the front runners…if, however, santana plays it cool, gives smith the luxury of time, and the Yankees pony up a significant name like wang, or decide to make hughes available again, then the Yankees will rush right to the front of the line – assuming santana will approve a deal to the Bronx…