Johan Santana continues to be an ace for the Minnesota Twins. Santana will be a free agent after the 2008 season. There’s talk out there these days that suggests the Twins may look to trade Johan this off-season (because of his contract demands).
If the Twins called the Yankees and offered them Johan Santana, this off-season, in exchange for Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, would the Yankees make that deal? Would you?
I would probably pass on that one – and not because of the potential of Hughes and Chamberlain. To me, it’s about money.
Santana may get a 5-8 year deal as a free agent – for $20-25 million per season. As great as he is, and he is great, I could not sign-off on a deal like that one. Too many great pitchers have broken down at some point in their career. And, if it happened to Santana, I would hate to be on the hook for that kind of money, even with the Yankees resources, if and when it happens to him.