eMailbag: What's up with Santana Talks

i have been sent a few e-mails and IMs today asking about the state of talks regarding Johan Santana

…frankly, it’s quiet - and though i have talked with people connected to santana, as well as people connected to the teams involved, nothing has really changed all that much…

For a wild ride, click here and read back on all of this off-season’s Santana posts from MetsBlog.

…as i have been saying for weeks, though - and like others have started writing today - the Twins want Phil Hughes from the Yankees…plain and simple…it doesn’t matter if he is paired with Ian Kennedy…it’s all about hughes…the problem, though, is that Brian Cashman has no interest in trading him…

…my sense is that the Twins are simply baiting the Yankees in to giving up hughes by flirting with the Red Sox…i mean, on two occasions during the last two weeks, people close to santana were under the impression that he was inches from heading to boston…yet, nothing happened…i even heard a rumor that santana had rejected a deal to the Red Sox, which people connected to him have denied…to me, that stinks of minnesota-spin, hoping it would shake out hughes…and so far, it hasn’t…

…meanwhile, boston’s current offer is about as far as they’re willing to go…frankly, the sense i get, as i have written time and time again, is that the Red Sox are only really interested in santana to the extent that the Yankees are interested in santana, and vice-a-versa…which, as a Mets fan, is quite frustrating…i mean, if he can be had for a minimal-effort package, i’m sure the Yankees and Sox would happily take him, but if santana is going to cost a major talent i believe these two teams would just as soon see him on the Mets

…again, as i have said before, the Mets best bargaining chip is a) santana wanting to be in the National League, specifically on the Mets, and b) the Twins preferring he be out of the American League…the thing is, above all else, including which league he ends up in, the Twins have to get back some serious talent, which is why they’re most likely going to milk this while trying every possible way to get a player like hughes before they’re forced to make an ultimate decision - be it with the Mets, Red Sox, or whomever…

…honestly, the team i worry about is the Angels…i have not heard them mentioned at all, and have no real reason to fear them, but they’ve been so quiet - and they have the young talent and money to make a deal happen…

…as i said a while back, from what i can tell, if santana doesn’t end up on the Mets, it most likely means that either a) he and the Mets could not agree to the terms of a contract extension, b) the Twins simply chose to keep him for one more opening day, or c) the Twins had no choice but to skip over the Mets to accept a much-better offer that they couldn’t refuse, like getting hughes from the Yankees, and santana did not stand in their way, which all is still very possible…

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