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December 19, 2007

League Execs Predict Hank To Go For Santana

From Jon Heyman today -

The Johan Santana Sweepstakes are likely to come down to whether new Yankees boss Hank Steinbrenner is willing to overrule GM Brian Cashman again. Steinbrenner wants to go for Santana, Cashman doesn't (at least not at the cost of Phil Hughes).

Word is that Steinbrenner the Younger would like to back the beloved Cashman, especially after disregarding the GM on whether to hold firm at three years for Jorge Posada and no years for Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod opted out. However, some executives around the league are predicting that Steinbrenner will make the ultimate call again and that Steinbrenner will ignore Cashman's advice to keep Hughes and save the $23 million a year or so, and that the Yankees will eventually land the great Santana.

The package would be expected to include center fielder Melky Cabrera, pitching prospect Jeff Marquez and another prospect in addition to Hughes. The Red Sox and Mets remain in the bidding and can't be counted out. But the Twins appear to be waiting for someone to bend, and the short history suggests that Junior Steinbrenner is the most likely to do so.

But, then again, if the Yankees get Johan Santana, and he goes on to win 115 games for the Yankees over the next seven years, Hank will look like a genius, no?

I'm not saying that Santana will do this - but, it's always possible.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 19, 2007 01:55 PM

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But, then again, if the Yankees get Johan Santana, and he goes on to win 115 games for the Yankees over the next seven years, Hank will look like a genius, no?
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Only if they win a World Series...

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2007 02:19 PM

There is also word a deal could come soon;

http://yankeegm.blogspot.com/2007/12/santana-saga-nearing-end.html

Posted by: yardisiak [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2007 02:22 PM

I cringe at the thought of the Yankees becoming a $220M monster with the same lack of flexibility and the same aging roster making $20M well into their golden years.

And if/when the Yanks don't win the World Series with Santana, it'll be the GM's fault, like it always is...regardless of the fact that ownership of this team is totally dysfunctional and contradictory.

I truly detest the Steinbrenners. They're grotesque.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2007 02:26 PM

If it happens, that will be the worst trade of the decade for the Yankees. With projected numbers, this deal makes the Yankees one win better next year. That's not even mentioning the financial cost of Santana.

By the way, remind me again, who plays CF when Damon gets injured?

Posted by: jonm [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2007 02:48 PM

"if the Yankees get Johan Santana, and he goes on to win 115 games for the Yankees over the next seven years, Hank will look like a genius, no?"

We would need more information than that to reach such a judgement.

115 Santana wins minus X Hughes wins in MN = Y

Y divided by 100 million plus price differential = some number that we can then argue about, as to whether it was worth it.

god, I hope they dont make this deal. Its alway a crap shoot, and I want to go with our kids.

Posted by: Tano [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2007 03:09 PM

I cringe at the thought of the Yankees becoming a $220M monster with the same lack of flexibility and the same aging roster making $20M well into their golden years.
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I doubt that would be the case, given a number of contracts coming off the books the next few years.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2007 04:15 PM

I'm ready to be ridiculed for this after the fact should I be proven wrong, but I believe that Hughes will be as good a pitcher as Santana over the next five years, and he will be much cheaper.

Posted by: Rich [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2007 08:01 PM