November 28, 2007

NO-BRAINER:

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
Comments

Would that not go away from what put this "dynasty" together in the first place?

Posted by: Bartman at November 28, 2007 12:10 PM

No, it was built on Pedro, Schilling and Beckett, who all cost them youngsters. Only Hanley Ramirez hurt.

Posted by: oj at November 28, 2007 1:08 PM

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.

Posted by: pj at November 28, 2007 3:01 PM

4th starter?

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.

Posted by: oj at November 28, 2007 4:50 PM

Dice will move past tubby Schilling next year into the 3rd spot.

Posted by: Benny at November 28, 2007 4:53 PM

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.

Posted by: Mike Earl at November 28, 2007 5:39 PM

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.

Posted by: oj at November 28, 2007 6:36 PM
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