That's right. Most baseball executives planning to make their way to Nashville for major league baseball's winter meetings will be doing so today, Sunday, December 2nd. And the stakes for the services of Johan Santana are high. This is from today's Boston Globe....
"Twins GM Bill Smith was already on his way to Nashville yesterday, but with the Yankees having elected to include prize pitching prospect Phil Hughes in a package that also includes center fielder Melky Cabrera, there were indications that Smith was planning to give the Sox one more chance to include either center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury or pitcher Clay Buchholz in the package the Sox would be willing to exchange for Santana."
Peter here, and a rotation headed up by number one Josh Beckett and number two Johan Santana would be a formidible one indeed. And that is why I must say this....if the Red Sox add Clay Buchholz into the mix of Crisp, Lester and the minor leaguers, and THAT will nail the door shut on the New York Yankees' hopes and dreams of adding the all-star lefty to their somewhat average looking rotation, DO IT! Just DO IT!! Jacoby Ellsbury is as untouchable as anyone on ANY team could be, so don't worry about him. He will be our starting centerfielder and most likely lead-off hitter for many years to come. Many HAPPY years. He's an everyday player, and he's going nowhere. If the Sox can be assured of Johan approving a multi-year deal to stay in Boston, it's a deal that cannot NOT happen. And don't forget Oakland's Dan Haren if the Johan talks go the pinstripe way. But first things first. The winter meetings are five days of organized mayhem, and I'm ready to go. And so are Theo and company. You'll read about it right here at Peter's Red Sox Forever (PRSF). So get ready for December's "week of dreams fulfilled, and those lost."
Click on the title of this post for Gordon Edes' Boston Globe look at the Red Sox and the moves they've made in past winter meetings. The Sox have continually made some monumental transactions in years past, and it's all there in Edes' article. Just click on that title. Have a wonderful Sunday, as the clouds increase on this very early Sunday morning and everyone gets ready for some snow. The forecasts have downgraded the possible 3 or 4 inches down to snow of the cosmetic variety...nice to look at but not severe enough to disrupt any Sunday or Sunday night activities. As long as there's enough snow to whiten the ground and make it LOOK like December, I'll be a happy guy. Be well, and as always, thanks for reading. Your comments are always welcome....do you think the Sox should add Clay Buchholz into the Johan mix? I'll respond to every comment submitted, as I always try to do.