Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Twins Offer Santana $100 Million

According to WFAN's Mike Francesa, the Twins upped their offer to Johan Santana but he turned down a five year extension worth $100 million. Including the $13 million Santana would make this season, the total value of the contract would work out $113 million over the next six years.

Meanwhile, WFAN contributer and SI columist Jon Heyman believes the Yankees are out on Santana and the Mets remain the frontrunners.

The long-running Johan Santana sweepstakes, which may be coming to a conclusion within days, appear now to be a two-team race between the Mets and Red Sox. While this derby has taken several twists and turns and has been difficult to predict, the Twins appear to be in more regular contact with the Mets in recent days, which could be an indication that they are leading as the finish line approaches.

Some baseball officials believe an agreement on the players could be struck as early as Tuesday. But even if the Twins and Mets agree on player compensation, the Mets will have to lure Santana with a multiyear deal. Santana has a full no-trade clause and the power to veto any deal.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have told the Twins that they will now no longer include young pitcher Phil Hughes in any deal and appear to be just about out of the running now, if not completely out.


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