Take it away, Mr. LoHud:
Just spoke to a Yankees Exec Who Can Be Trusted and learned this:
The Y.E.W.C.B.T said that Brian Cashman has made his final offer and will not toss in Ian Kennedy, Alan Horne or Austin Jackson. That would seem to favor the Red Sox but the Dodgers and Angels are now getting in the mix with the Yankees on the outskirts.
The Angels have been frustrated by the Marlins' demands for Miguel Cabrera. Let them get involved and either take Santana, or drive up the price.
The goal for the Yankees was to not strip the farm for a single piece- no matter how pretty the piece.
Let's all go cry in our beers with Joba, Phil, and IPK.
Update [2007-12-4 18:56:20 by John Amato]:
[editor's note, by jscape2000]
I've been thinking it over and (while pfisty won't want to hear it) I have another reason to keep Hughes/ Melky/ Horne/ Marquez:
We don't know what else Brian Cashman has been offered.
If Cash thinks we'll get more value with Melky and Hughes in the Bronx while Horne pitches in Philly so that we can add a Josh Outman or a Dominic Brown, I can live with that.
I know that if the deal gets done the Red Sox look to become a powerhouse on paper, and 3 game series at Fenway figure to be less fun than ever, but I firmly believe the price is too high.
The best I can do is hope that the Marlins bounty for Cabrera drives up Santana's value. Maybin and Miller are pure gold.