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I don’t believe there was anyone in baseball who thought the Twins were running this sweepstake right.
The talks were rampant when the Yankees and Red Sox were tossing around prospect names to be traded to the Twins. News was buzzing. ESPN rumor central was hot. Every source was being flushed for information.
Would it be Phil Hughes that won Santana? The All-Star looking Jacoby Ellsbury? Maybe Jon Lester and more would be enough? Or possibly the Mets will toss every prospect they have at it… Nah.
What the #$@% happened? The Twins sat back and said you can do better.
Time passed and teams stood their ground saying, “We can’t do any better”. Twins said, “…We’ll see”.
The Yankees waited long enough and held out their prized prospects long enough so that they couldn’t keep waiting. So they didn’t. They got out. It might have been Hank Steinbrener saying they’re out, or the whole organization saying, “Let’s do our thing.”
The Red Sox front office being just as aware of the situation and how tight to the season it’s getting, decided the same thing. It had been more quiet, but the Red Sox bowed out.
The Twins found themselves not having the offer they wanted and the two best offers from teams off the board. The Twins were like the prettiest girl around playing so hard to get by the time she was ready all the best bachelors had already settled down.
The Twins had to settle.
On the worst deal they had to have heard all off-season. The deal is reported to be:
OF Carlos Gomez
P Phil Humber
P Deolis Guerra
P Kevin Mulvey
And as Peter Gammons said, none of these prospects would probably have been in the Red Sox or Yankees top-10 prospect.
A lot of media people were talking about the Twins possibly keeping Santana and playing the season and possibly competing. The Twins were still that kind of good. Even with the likes of Cleveland and Detroit. Now, the Twins are as bad as it gets.
I’d like to say this trade pisses me off like no other. More even than when the Red Sox make a bad trade. The Red Sox were in the perfect position to acquire one of the best pitchers in baseball. Twice. One during the winter meetings when the lever was almost pulled. And again when the Yankees pulled out all offers with Philip Hughes. And only, ONLY, because the Twins played this situation so poorly did the Sox not get Santana.
Has the Twins new GM even seen how the job should be done? This is as good a reason to fire a GM as anything. The Twins should be kicking themselves in the ass.
And all of Red Sox Nation would like to help.