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.