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Dumb#!@ Twins Trade Johan for Nothing to Mets

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Santana delivering to the plate. Now he’ll be doing it for the NL (Courtesy of

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.


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8 comments for “Dumb#!@ Twins Trade Johan for Nothing to Mets”

  1. And whenever you settle, you always settle for less than you settled for…

    Posted by Chris | January 29, 2008, 9:35 pm
  2. eh Twins had a good incentive in trading him to the Mets…he’s out of the AL! Good riddance.

    Posted by KC | January 30, 2008, 5:31 am
  3. I think it was more the fact that the Red Sox never really offered what the reports said they were offering. The Twins obviously don’t think they are contenders if they trade him so keeping him in the AL wouldn’t have been that big of a deal if they in fact were going to receive Ellsbury and Hanson in return. I don’t think the Sox were really in to get him, more to keep him out of the Bronx. So once the Yanks moved on (thankfully), the Sox probly dropped their offer or offered much less.

    Posted by Jeff | January 30, 2008, 9:44 am
  4. The Sox did drop their offer but they had offered the reported deals. They were definately on the table during the winter meetings. And the Twins GM almost accepted it but said no the last minute.

    Reports from them have been a bit unclear but the deal was out there. Shortly after the winter meetings the deal was probably just as strong.

    Then yah the deal got lowered a lot.

    Something in the dynamics of this deal got changed. Boston and the Yankees didn’t want to pay the two fold cost of prospects and money. Dumb if you ask me, because Johan is worth it. All these guys are no guarantee to be much help to any MLB team.

    Posted by Dan | January 30, 2008, 10:11 am
  5. Johan was a prize to be won. He was the Jessica Alba of our time. Now we’re stuck with a Hilary Duff… or Jo-Jo. No guarantees.

    Posted by Fatlip | January 30, 2008, 2:55 pm
  6. I wouldn’t go that far. If Johan is Jessica Alba…Josh Beckett is Scarlett Johansson and Curt Schilling is Catherine Zeta-Jones. I’d take that any day!

    Posted by KC | January 30, 2008, 6:41 pm
  7. Sox and Yanks packages were better then this one, IMO. At least, both package offered a player who can play immediately in the big league. An head scratcher for me, here…

    Posted by Luc | January 30, 2008, 8:18 pm
  8. Haha, I would like to see Alba in a Red Sox uniform…actually on second thought… without the uniform could work too 😉

    Posted by Chris | January 31, 2008, 10:13 pm

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