What's the Time?

Johan CytanaIt's time to get ill! And talk about Johan Santana some more.

Thus far, the two-time Cy Young-winning ace is still on the Minnesota Twins active roster, but that doesn't keep him out of the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Mets' wet dreams. Ever since he rejected the Twins' four-year, $80 million offer this offseason, trade talks have lingered.

FranchiseA veteran presence would be welcome in my fantasy land to lead Francisco Liriano, who will make his triumphant return from Tommy John surgery, Boof Bonser, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey in a youthful 2008 rotation.

Facing free agency after the 2009 season, Santana's services won't be cheap. There are just a few elite teams that could afford parting ways with their young studs, something which would no doubt be demanded by Twins GM Bill Smith.

Smith made it clear during the Winter Meetings that the Mets would have to surrender thieving shortstop Jose Reyes in any deal for Johan, while Mets GM Omar Minaya refused to do so. The Yankees and Red Sox have a couple of tasty offers of their own, chock full of big name prospects like Phil Hughes and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Contrary to popular belief, Santana's agent, Peter Greenberg insisted Friday that he has not demanded that Smith complete a swap before pitchers and catchers report on February 17th. Johan's latest comments about the situation were made in December:

"I'm a Minnesota Twin. That's all I know... whatever will be the best for this team and this organization, I'll agree with that."

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Megs said...

I'm gonna be selfish and hope he sticks around. That's one good-lookin' rotation for 08!