Is it not possible, even likely, a team has expressed interest in Santana but required more time to get pieces to backfill what they may trade? The Dodgers are one such team I can see doing this. It would be a financial hardship for them in 2008, but this is a team that is shedding a ton of payroll next year and has a very good base of kids coming along.
…The remainder of their roster is loaded with low cost, talented kids. They could offer Kemp, Kershaw, Laroche, plus another and be competitive with the Sox package.
While the Dodgers have a boat load of young talent that could address many of the Twins needs, the vast majority of reports indicate that Dodger GM Ned Colletti is more interested in pursuing other pitching options at this time. As of today, the first target for the Dodgers is Japanese free-agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. As I understand it both the Dodgers and the Mariners have made contract offers to Kuroda. In addition to Kuroda, the Dodgers have been rumored to be interested in Erik Bedard, Dan Haren, Joe Blanton and even Ben Sheets. Johan Santana is not getting the same level of attention as these other pitchers.
The Dodgers could in the end go after Santana, because they have many of the players the Twins would want. The Dodgers have solid 2B prospects in Chin-Lung Hu and Tony Abreu. The Dodgers have mentioned moving 3B prospect Andy LaRoche in other trade discussions so he could be made part of a Santana package. And the Dodgers have two very high profile pitching prospects in James McDonald and Clayton Kershaw (ready in '09-'10). Finally, the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp could play CF, but he is better suited to corner outfield. CF Juan Pierre is now displaced by the acquisition of A. Jones, but Pierre is “not so good” and his contract is a killer for the Twins (or anyone). Outside of not matching up too well in CF, the Dodgers have the pieces the Twins would like. And who knows if the Dodgers and Twins pulled off this deal, the Twins could come back to the Sox for Coco Crisp and see if there is a reliever the Sox would want.
But, bottom line, I would be very surprised if the Dodgers made a move for Santana.
Edited by SoxFanSince57, 07 December 2007 - 01:17 PM.