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It is reported by Peter Gammons that the Red Sox and Twins are set to meet this afternoon to continue talks about Johan Santana. Also the Twins are still trying to decide between the 3-1 deal of Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie and Justin Masterson or the 4-1 deal of Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, Lowrie and Masterson.
From Jayson Stark’s article, which I recommend for anyone else getting jittery with excitement about this trade happening, had to say:
If the Twins were satisfied with Lester’s medicals, it’s believed they would accept a swap of him, Coco Crisp, shortstop prospect Jed Lowrie and either highly regarded pitching prospect Justin Masterson or another player.
For the Red Sox I’d much prefer the 4-1 deal of Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie and Justin Masterson. All these pieces the Red Sox already have good replacements. Lester would be replaced by Johan Santana and Coco Crisps job would be inherited by Jacoby Ellsbury. All in all the Red Sox get much much better.
For the Twins the 4-1 deal makes sense too, if you believe in Coco Crisps value as a great defensive player and a good chance to rebound a bit offensively. Coco Crisp becomes the Twins new wide roaming center fielder. Jon Lester becomes one of the Twins top starters next year. Jed Lowrie can become the starting SS for the Twins and can share time with newly acquired Brandan Harris. Justin Masterson starts in AAA and has a chance to come up and help the rotation. The Twins are high on Masterson as well as the Red Sox. They see him as a future big league starter.
For the Twins they could get four starters that can come in cheap and right away.
The Red Sox starting pitching dramatically improves and CF slightly improves, as long as Ellsbury performs.
Perfect for everybody? You read my mind.