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Johan Santana Joins Red Sox? Reading the Tea Leaves

According to the Boston Herald the Red Sox and Twins today are set to resume “serious negotiations” on talks for Johan Santana. The Heralds source being a baseball guy involved in the negotiations.

From their source “The Red Sox are legitimate, real players in this now,’’ said the source. “The Twins like their players.’’

This comes after last night the Twins requested the medical records of pitcher Jon Lester. After reviewing it they were satisfied there was no red flags.

From the New York Posts George King:

Multiple representatives of major league teams at the Winter Meetings believed that if the Twins deal Santana it would be to the Yankees and not the Red Sox…

The Yankee firmly believed the Twins would deal the two-time Cy Young winner to them or hang on to him – that the Twins weren’t enamored with the Red Sox package. 


The Tea Leaves: The exchanging of the medical records makes it sound like the Twins are indeed interested enough to start getting into the fine specifics of acquiring certain players. But the New York Posts information and sources seem to hint otherwise. This could just be the a Yankee lover picking and choosing what information he puts out there.

Although it can’t be denied that the Twins might just be using Boston to set the price mark on acquiring Santana. It’s thought Boston might have been doing the same thing, to raise the price for New York.

I think the Sox and Twins are serious about this.

From the serious talks last night and serious talks this morning, and medical information being exchanged, it would seem no one is just kicking the tires, but serious discussions are going on.

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