November 28, 2007
Sources: Santana for Buchholz, Lester, prospect and $130 million (Bill Burt, 11/28/07, Eagle Tribune)
If the Red Sox want Johan Santana, probably among the top five starting pitchers in baseball, they can have him.
But it’s going to cost them.
According to two separate sources the Red Sox would have to, in the very least, give the Twins two of their best young pitchers, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester, and another “major league” prospect … Oh yes, and about $130 million over six (or seven) years to Santana.
The Red Sox have apparently told the Twins that Jacoby Ellsbury is off limits.
If you don't even have to give up Ellsbury it's not a tough call.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2007 9:25 AM
Would that not go away from what put this "dynasty" together in the first place?
No, it was built on Pedro, Schilling and Beckett, who all cost them youngsters. Only Hanley Ramirez hurt.
Buchholz would hurt too.
Santana is an improvement over Buchholz, but not over Buchholz and Lester, if your replacement for Lester is a guy like Julian Tavarez. And if you have to add in a Pedroia (who admittedly could be replaced with Jed Lowrie, but is a valuable player) the deal gets highly questionable. They have to be confident they can find a quality fourth/fifth starter to replace Lester to make that trade. It also ratchets the budget up further into luxury tax territory - not sure they are keen on that.
Beckett, Santana, Schilling, Dice-K, Wakefield
Hagadone will be ready to be Lester when Schilling retires next year and Masterson or Bowden can step in for Wake.
Dice will move past tubby Schilling next year into the 3rd spot.
I don't think I'd give up Pedroia and Buchholz; the Sox have been trying to get production out of their middle infield for years with a succession of shortstops, and that won't be easily replaced.
Pedroia was only named in a deal that included Joe Nathan too, which ain't happenin'. Jed Lowrie is the same player as Pedroia though.