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Yankees Pull Santana Trade Offer

Apparently the Yankees offer of Philip Hughes for Johan Santana has been withdrawn again. They just keep flip-flopping on whether Philip Hughes it worth any trade for Santana. The Twins have drawn these conversations out so long it’s looking like the race is between the Red Sox and Mets to acquire the former Cy Young award-winner. Or, it’s looking more and more likely that the Twins keep him.

Here’s the full story from ESPN

For the second time this offseason, the Yankees have pulled their Phil Hughes-centered trade offer for Johan Santana off the table.

The Yankees, then, will not restart trade talks with the Twins unless Hank Steinbrenner has another change of heart, a baseball official with knowledge of the talks told 1050 ESPN Radio’s Andrew Marchand.

The Yankees’ desire Monday to turn their attention away from the two-time Cy Young winner leaves Boston and the New York Mets as Minnesota’s trade partners, the official told Marchand. The Twins could also choose to keep Santana, who is under contract through this season.

“We’re not desperate, so we’re not going to chase anything,” Steinbrenner told the New York Daily News in early January.

Multiple reports have speculated the Yankees’ offer includes pitcher Hughes, outfielder Melky Cabrera, pitching prospect Jeff Marquez and another prospect.

When asked about the Yankees’ package of players, Steinbrenner would not comment but did tell the Daily News that “it’s still the best one. And let’s face it, we’re the best able to handle the kind of [nine-figure extension] Santana will be after.”

It remains unclear of late if the Twins intend to trade Santana before the start of the 2008 season or hold onto him until the July trade deadline. Minnesota’s earlier offer to extend the left-hander’s contract by four years and $80 million was rejected.

Rick Anderson, the Twins’ pitching coach, wants to see an outcome as much as anyone.

“I wake up in the morning and hurry up and open up the paper to see if anything happened,” Anderson, who has tutored Santana since 2002, the first year his potential began to show, told The Associated Press.

Santana has been in Venezuela since the regular season ended, but he recently arrived in Fort Myers, Fla., to start his workouts.

In his first published comments this winter, Santana told the local newspaper that he didn’t know what to think about the situation.

“I’m a Minnesota Twin. That’s all I know. It’s up to them. Whatever they have to do is going to happen. It has nothing to do with me at all,” Santana told the News-Press of Fort Myers recently. “I said it from the beginning during the season last year, whatever will be the best for this team and this organization, I’ll agree with that.”

Santana’s agent, Peter Greenberg, told AP last week his relationship with new Twins general manager Bill Smith has remained strong through this drawn-out process as rumors — both founded and otherwise — swirl throughout the oversaturated sports media market.

Greenberg, in an e-mail, insisted he has not demanded to Smith that he complete a deal before Twins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Feb. 17.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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