November 22, 2007
The Boston Herald reported Thursday there is growing speculation that the Minnesota Twins will move ace left-handed Johan Santana. The Herald reported the Boston Red Sox will be in the hunt to acquire the Cy Young Award winner.
Rumors are the Twins have already inquired about center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and right-hander Clay Buchholz, plus other top prospects. A more realistic package, perhaps, would have Coco Crisp filling Minnesota's hole in center field. Also included would be one of two top starting prospects, Buchholz or lefty Jon Lester. The Sox would likely have to include at least one other proven major league talent, plus one, more likely two, other minor leaguers. The Twins are known to be high on Crisp.
Other objectives during the hot stove season include working on a contract extension for manager Terry Francona, adding bullpen arms and bolstering the bench. But adding Santana, and keeping him away from the New York Yankees, would make the Red Sox significantly better.