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December 16, 2007

Yanks To Twins (?): If We Can Move Godzilla, We're In On Johan

From Joe Christensen -

Yesterday, Hank Steinbrenner the Newark Star Ledger what many people have long suspected: The Yankees aren’t out of the Johan Santana sweepstakes. “We’re still considering it,” Steinbrenner said. “I haven’t closed the door completely on Santana.” The story adds:

A person who has spoken to Minnesota management and asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak for the team said the Yankees told the Twins they would get back into the Santana talks if they can shed the contract of left fielder Hideki Matsui.

I heard the same thing from the Twins this week.

Poor Matsui - he has to get bounced from the Bronx because of the money wasted on Kei Igawa, Kyle Farnsworth, and Carl Pavano.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 16, 2007 01:40 PM


You know what, this story is ridiculous. The Yankees would only be taking on $13.5M this year, then $80 is off the books after the season. This is a team that threw like $19M at Clemens last year, think it is safe to say that transaction was eh at best (eh= 4 outta 10). This doesn't pass the smell test to me.

Posted by: Mr.Cletus [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 16, 2007 02:01 PM

Poor Matsui - he has to get bounced from the Bronx because of the money wasted on Kei Igawa, Kyle Farnsworth, and Carl Pavano.
Or because he's redundant? No one has showed interest in Melky or Damon?

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 16, 2007 02:02 PM

I don't understand what Matsui has to do with Santana. How does the $26M due to Matsui affect the $150M that would be due to Santana? The net difference of $124M is an easy carry for the Yanks but the $26M isn't?

The prospect of merely dumping Matsui for Jonathan Sanchez and then throwing Hughes/Cabrera/IPK for Santana means the Yanks would have weakened their OF, weakened their lineup, committed an obscene amount of money to a pitcher, and weakened their organizational depth across the board. How on earth is this a sensible course of action?

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 16, 2007 03:31 PM

Isn't it assumed that acquiring Santana is going to cost Melky Cabrera? So then, Damon would move to CF and, if as this article suggests, Matsui is traded for the salary relief, who fills the OF void? Shelley Duncan? Brett Gardner? I don't think so.

2008 will be a weird year for Yankee payroll. If acquired, Santana would be owed ~$13M and the payroll would be approach $220M. But the payroll drops significantly when the contracts for Giambi, Pavano, Farnsworth, Mussina, Pettite and Abreu expire. If you say that Austin Jackson will replace Bobby Abreu, Shelley Duncan or Juan Miranda becomes the option at 1B, and the rotation is Santana, Wang, Chamberlain, Kennedy and Horne (if Hughes is traded) then you don't need to replace any of the guys whose contracts expire. You could even give Pettite another 2 year deal if you wanted to and still come up short of the luxury tax.

So, I can understand the issue with salary relief, but hopefully Cashman can see the big picture and just deal with the sensational headlines about how overpriced the Yankees are. 2008 is the flux year of bad contracts expiring and good young talent breaking out.

Posted by: j [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 16, 2007 05:01 PM