Don’t Look Now New York, But…

5 12 2007

Johan to Bo’ Sox?The Yankees blinked.

And now they are basically playing for second best for the next few years.
In making the Monday midnight deadline stating that the Twins must approve the deal for Santana by then, and seemingly holding true to it (Hank notified New York media today Tuesday that they are no longer bidding for Santana’s services), they have consigned themselves to pursuing a wild card for the next however long… should the seemingly inevitable occur and the Bo’ Sox land Johan Santana.

The Boston Red Sox have apparently made an offer of Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, Jacoby Ellsbury and minor-league infielder Jed Lowrie.
The Twins are sleeping on it, but with the Yankees out of the picture, this deal is the most likely of all Santana-scenarios to get done. And Boston have the cash to actually get Santana to waive his no-trade clause and actually get there.

And as we all know by now, this would make the Boston rotation Santana, Beckett, Matsuzaka, Schilling & Wakefield. As Nick over at I’m Writing Sports states re. getting Santana:

“For New York it means being able to compete for the divisional title. For Boston it means being a dynasty.” (What’s the Better Fit?)

And that’s the bottom line.
Even if New York now turn to Oakland and get the likes of Dan Haren, does Hank Steinbrenner really think that a rotation of Pettitte, Haren, Wang, Hughes & Mussina really match up to Boston?
Not even close.

This has got to sting if you’re a New Yorker.
The Giants and Jets flounder away whilst New England lays to waste all who come before them.
The Celtics are probably the best team in the NBA at the moment… we look to New York and they have the Knicks who… well… the Knicks stink.
And now baseball.
If Boston lands Santana, well… at least it removes a worry about the Yankees trying to win the American League East.
Because it’s not going to happen.

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5 12 2007
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[…] Dont Look Now New York, But 5 12 2007 The Yankees blinked. And now they are basically playing for second best for the next few years. In making the Monday midnight deadline stating that the Twins must approve the deal for Santana by then, and seemingly holding true to it (Hank notified New York media today Tuesday that they are no longer bidding for Santanas services), they have consigned themselves to pursuing a wild card for the next however long should the seemingly inevitable occur source: Read Dont Look Now New York,But […]

6 12 2007
Diana Moneymaker

New York will never be as good as they once were. Boston is where it’s at! Go Red Sox!

-Diana

6 12 2007
brumbygg9

Yes, Santana is that good, but I think adding Ellsbury is too high a price and may have a negative impact on the locker room. Lester is a good, young pitcher but realistically has to be included in the deal. Ellsbury is going to be around for a long, long time and has all-star written all over him. He has a strong work ethic and could lead the Bo Sox for many years.
And what about Josh “what have you done for me lately?” Beckett? All he did was pretty much win you the world series and now you are going to pay Santana the earth, the moon and the stars. How much does that make Beckett worth and can they all play nicely in the sandbox together?
Of course, the benefit for Santana (apart from aforementioned earth, moon and stars) is the wisdom and teachings of Obi-Won Schilling who gets wackier by the day.
All of a sudden my Blue Jays are getting further away in 3rd place.

6 12 2007
WithMalice

It does leave them in a bit of a hole when they come to sign Beckett – who’ll undoubtedly demand something similar.

Still, they get to keep Buchholz, their top pitching prospect… word is that the deal on the table is now: Lester, Crisp and minor-league pitcher Justin Masterson and infielder Jed Lowrie.

And ‘Obi-wan’? More like Yoda! 😉
Head over to 38 Pitches & check him out – good read.

6 12 2007
brumbygg9

I think the Sox would do just about any deal that doesn’t include Ellsbury at this point. If they trade Ellsbury and Crisp they would have to sign a CF.

Will be very interesting to see the numbers that get thrown around for Beckett who, let’s face it, has the runs on the board when it comes to post season performance. If they were smart and it certainly appears that Theo Epstein knows his stuff, they would re negotiate with Beckett immediately to make sure that he understood how highly they value him.

I was thinking Yoda more than Obi-Wan, but it didn’t work for me poetically, and you know that I’m a poetic kinda guy……….

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