After getting volumes of new information each day during the Winter Meetings, the rumors surrounding the Johan Santana talks have slowed to a boring trickle. It’s still a big deal, though, so here’s the latest.
- Yesterday Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe notes that it may make sense for the Twins and Red Sox to hammer out a deal before front offices shut down for a week to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. He says talks between the two parties are ongoing, and the Twins are sitting back and hoping for the Red Sox to crack and put two of Ellsbury/Buchholz/Lester in the package. The Yankees are lurking but similarly won’t give up two of Chamberlain/Hughes/Kennedy. The Mets aren’t deemed worthy based on their prospects. Edes’ source doesn’t expect a deal soon.
- Today, Charley Walters wrote that the Red Sox are the favorites with their firm offer of Lester/Crisp/Lowrie/Masterson. He says there’s buzz something could be done within days. Walters reiterates Edes’ take on the Yankees’ stance and tosses the Angels into the mix as a dark horse.