November 29, 2007
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Red Sox, Yankees both talking to Twins about Santana (Buster Olney, 11/29/07, ESPN The Magazine
The Red Sox and Twins are discussing the framework of a Johan Santana deal that would have Boston sending four players to Minnesota in return for the two-time Cy Young Award winner, including center fielder Coco Crisp, pitcher Jon Lester and minor-league shortstop Jed Lowrie, the trio that would to anchor the deal.
Red Sox pitcher Michael Bowden has been discussed as a possible fourth player, sources say, but the identity of the fourth player is in flux.
Buchholz would be preferable to Lester, but a great deal if the Sox can pull it off.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2007 3:34 PM
Buchholz would be preferable ... for the Twins, you mean?
Buchholz could yet be a bust (Lester is at least a solid #4 starter, maybe more), but I do think Buchholz has more upside potential...
Great? Fantastic I would say.
Crisp is almost useless outside of Fenway. Unless the Twins get both Buchholz and Lester (or Pedoria), they are getting ripped off. They are replacing Santana with less of a pitcher and getting a SS prospect only.
It would explain why the Twins gave away their starting SS to the Rays.
Lester walks a lot of batters (0.5 per inning) and throws 100 pitches in 5 innings. His velocity peaks at 91. Buchholz has 3 excellent pitches, good command, and a 95 mph fastball. Lester is a lefty, and he's young enough that he has a good shot at improving his command, but it's hardly likely that he'll be better than Buchholz. The Sox seem to think so too, they're offering Lester.
Young lefties are wild--they have natural movement.
Skinny righties have brief careers.